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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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The Future

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It seems increasingly likely that the future of the audiovisual media involves an entirely new manner of communicating between the broadcasters and their audiences. Interaction, dependent on access to technology and skill in its use, has already become established in the public mind and is bound to become more widespread. However, the possibilities for further developments in broadcasting seem almost unimaginable.334 While it may seem unrealistic at present, some researchers foresee the total disappearance of TV news programmes or, rather, the emergence of an entirely new, three-dimensional presentation of news. This would enable the viewer to move virtually from one place and time of their choice to another, and to participate in events which will not physically affect them, but will make a dramatic impact, evoking various emotions, including terror and suspense. “CNN is already experimenting with a three-dimensional broadcast; in a few years we may not only be able to watch events live, but also be present in them—standing next to the president of the USA during his inauguration, or witnessing the fighting in Gaza.”335 This would create a challenge for journalists, who would need to respond with a new set of skills, and a new way of providing commentary and discussion. Understanding the message that has been “personally experienced” through virtual contact with chosen events that are also experienced by millions of others will require a different kind of commentary and context than that provided currently. Perhaps, under these circumstances, explaining the meaning and...

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