Two new journalism textbooks aimed at students

Two new journalism textbooks aimed at university students have been published by Oxford University Press and Routledge

The Oxford Dictionary of Journalism, written by Tony Harcup of Sheffield University, provides concise definitions for over 1,400 terms.

On page 21 you’ll even find a definition of the AJE no less:

Formed in 1997, the AJE aims to bring together those who train students in the vocational skills required to work as journalists, those whose focus is on the more academic elements of journalism studies, and those who straddle what is often seen as the practice/theory divide.

The first entry into this dictionary is not ‘Aardvark’, but the AAN – Association of Alternative Newsweeklies.

‘Zoo’, as in the lads’ mag published by Bauer, is the last entry in this comprehensive A to Z. The textbook also links to a companion list of websites.

Prof Roy Greenslade said it is ‘A book so good every journalist will ask: “Why didn’t I think of that?””‘

Lecturers can order an inspection copy.

Angela Phillips, Professor in Journalism in the Department of Media and Communications, Goldsmiths, has authored Journalism in Context: Practice and Theory for the Digital Age (Routledge.

The publisher states:

Journalism in Context is an accessible introduction to the theory and practice of journalism in a changing world. The book looks at the way in which power flows through media organisations influencing not only what journalists choose to present to their audiences but how they present it and then in turn what their audiences do with it.

Phillips invites readers to consider how news is influenced by the culture from which it emerges, as well as the way it is paid for and how different countries have approached the problem of ensuring that democracy is served by its media, rather than being undermined by it.

Daya Thussu of University of Westminster praised the work:

Accessible and analytical, this is an admirable book that makes a valuable addition to the academic study of journalism and one which should be widely read by both students and journalists.”

Lecturers can order an inspection copy. 

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