Reviving the Fourth Estate: Democracy, Accountability and the Media - Reshaping Australian Institutions (Hardback)
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Reviving the Fourth Estate: Democracy, Accountability and the Media - Reshaping Australian Institutions (Hardback)

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Hardback 320 Pages / Published: 16/11/1998
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The news media is traditionally the watchdog of democracy. Today, it is also one of the most pervasive global industries. In this lively and accessible book, Schultz systematically analyses the role of journalism in Australia and the scope of its democratic purpose. She examines key news stories, and looks at the attitudes of Australian journalists themselves. The fourth estate remains the ideal of most journalists, but the reality has been impaired by the increasing concentration of media ownership and by political, ethical and occupational interests. While Australian journalism has become bolder and more investigative, increasing commercialism and decreasing ethical standards have left the public sceptical. Schultz argues for a revival of the fourth estate based on journalistic independence and poltical autonomy, together with increased accountability and responsiveness.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521620420
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 640 g
Dimensions: 228 x 152 x 22 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"In this important new book, journalist and academic Julianne Schultz observes that the commercial nature of the news media is a source of both strength and weakness. Its publishers have rightly described it as a ground-breaking text that makes a major contribution to debates about the media and public interest in Austrialia." John Tidey, Pacific Area Newspaper Publishers Association
"Books on the media are relatively few. Generally, they range between two extremes: austerely academic and inconsequently anecdotal. `Reviving the Fourth Estate' is one of the exceptions. Julianne has combined learning with experience. The result is a work of intelligence and authority." Brian Johns, Managing Director, Australian Broadcasting Corporation

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