Normative theories of the media: Journalism in democratic societies

Clifford G. Christians, Theodore L. Glasser, Denis McQuail, Kaarle Nordenstreng, Robert A. White

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Using Fred S. Siebert, Theodore Peterson, and Wilbur Schramm's classic Four Theories of the Press as their point of departure, the authors consider what the role of journalism ought to be in a democratic society. They examine the philosophical underpinnings and political realities of journalism, thereby identifying four distinct yet overlapping roles for the media: "monitorial," "facilitative," "radical," and "collaborative." Ultimately they show how these competing paradigms can affect the laws, policies, and public attitudes of a liberal society.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherUniversity of Illinois Press
Number of pages275
ISBN (Print)9780252034237
StatePublished - 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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