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Creative Paths to Television Journalism

Jacek Dabala

The book is a scholarly and creative consideration of audiovisual broadcasting and what makes a TV performance professional. It combines an academic approach to TV News with a practical understanding of production and the new pressures bearing down on the industry. Combining a real-world understanding with a scholarly approach, it offers valuable new insights for aspiring journalists, students, researchers and lecturers into what is still the most powerful medium for news and information in the world.

«This book is an exciting and challenging look at how we can understand the way we regard people and how we create and make public our views of them in and through television. The author provides a critically engaging and detailed analysis of the practical aspects of television journalism and the ethical values replete within it as well as how it is complicit in the construction of the manifold mediated identities of those caught up in the increasingly two-way relationship between broadcaster and audience. This is a wide ranging and well researched account of the dynamics of the significance and impact of television journalism in all its richness and ambiguity.»
(Prof. Jackie Harrison, Chair, Centre for Freedom of the Media (CFOM), Joint Head of Department and Director of Research Department of Journalism Studies, University of Sheffield, UK)
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This book represents an indisciplinary style of thinking and research, which functions on the boundaries of many branches of learning. It is an attempt to interpret specific practical aspects of media journalism in terms of praxeology and axiology, of intentions and values. It thus bridges the gap between theoretical analysis and practical journalism, but keeps its distance from traditional textbook approaches. It stays close to the issues which face journalism today, those which shape the media directly, yet examines them in a probing, multi-aspectual perspective. Some observations and conclusions have not been fully developed or discussed here, some issues have only been highlighted, but this incompleteness reflects the nature, development and fluidity of the current state of television journalism, and indeed journalism and communications in general. Analysing these developments in quantitative terms is important and valuable, but is inadequate when it comes to assessing journalistic practice in broadcasting. There is thus a need for complementary and varied approaches, representing different points of view.

Discussion of television from the point of view of dramaturgy and axiology touches upon the most sensitive issues in modern media culture: the issue of how we regard people, how we create and make public their image, how we deal with their most intimate experiences and emotions, including spirituality, in terms of interactive visual media. One English researcher, James Bennett, notes that interactivity employed commercially in this way is usually an illusion, being determined by the textuality and the projections of the user.337...

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