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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 well-known ironic contention that “everybody knows all about television because everybody watches it” reflects the fact that viewers can express their opinions without any sense of humility about their lack of expertise. As a result, in media communication, the axiological and practical criteria blur, and more often than not, the journalistic profession, and professions within the communications industry in general, become caricaturised.1 This collision of mass culture, the demands of the market, journalistic ambitions, common sense, and the hedonisation of values2 within this particular form of entertainment, is thus worthy of attention.

The purpose of this book is to present a number of important aspects of working in television, especially from the journalistic perspective, but also from the wider perspective of media communications. In addition to evaluating the categories of television programmes in their various forms, we will draw attention to those elements and solutions which are rarely, if ever, discussed, as well as those which are well-known and frequently subjected to detailed analysis. The book thus attempts to discuss work in television on many levels in terms of various selected contexts. Specific television genres will be referred to frequently, but they are not the main focus of this study. The two aspects considered here—regarded by Michael Wedel, a German media historian, as the most important aspects of the work of the journalist—are the understanding of media dramaturgy, and the understanding of the art of presentation, or “transmedia narrative techniques.” Both reflect not...

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