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[Commlist] New Paperback Version of Journalism and the Philosophy of Truth

Fri May 24 14:11:25 GMT 2019

ew paperback version of:
Journalism and the Philosophy of Truth: Beyond Objectivity and Balance
Publisher: Routledge (Routledge Research in Journalism)
Author: Jesse Owen Hearns-Branaman (United International College)

Description: This book bridges a gap between discussions about truth, human understanding, and epistemology in philosophical circles, and debates about objectivity, bias, and truth in journalism. It examines four major philosophical theories in easy to understand terms while maintaining a critical insight which is fundamental to the contemporary study of journalism. The book aims to move forward the discussion of truth in the news media by dissecting commonly used concepts such as bias, objectivity, balance, fairness, in a philosophically-grounded way, drawing on in-depth interviews with journalists to explore how journalists talk about truth.

The paperback version of my previous book is also available:

The Political Economy of News in China: Manufacturing Harmony
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield/Lexington

Description: This is the first full-scale application of Herman and Chomsky’s classic propaganda model to the news media content of a country with a system that is not outwardly similar to the United States. Jesse Owen Hearns-Branaman examines the news media of the People’s Republic of China using the five filters of the original model. He asks provocative questions concerning the nature of media ownership, the effect of government or private ownership on media content, the elite-centered nature news sourcing patterns, the benefits and costs of having active special interest groups to influence news coverage, the continued usefulness of the concepts of censorship and propaganda, the ability of advertisers to indirectly influence news production, and the potential increase of pro-capitalist, pro-consumerist ideology and nationalism in Chinese news media. This book will appeal to scholars of international media and journalism.

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