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From Theory to Practice

How to Assess and Apply Impartiality in News and Current Affairs

From Theory to Practice is the first scholarly look at the possibilities and challenges of impartial and objective journalism in our digitized media world. This volume brings together contributions from editors at premiere news outlets like Reuters and the BBC to discuss how to assess, measure, and apply impartiality in news and current affairs in a world where the impact of digital technologies is constantly changing how news is covered, presented, and received. In this changing media environment, impartial journalism is as crucial as it ever was in traditional media, and this book offers an essential analysis of how to navigate a media milieu in which technology has sharply reduced the gatekeeping role news gatherers and producers used to have in controlling content flow to audiences.

258 pages | 7 x 9 | © 2013

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The theory and practice of impartiality in news and current affairs

Leon Barkho

Part 1: Theories

1.            How mainstream media can learn from philosophical

               deliberations of impartiality

Leon Barkho

2.            Assessing, measuring and applying ‘public value tests’

               beyond new media: Interpreting impartiality and plurality

               in debates about journalism standards

Stephen Cushion

Part 2: Applications

3.            PSYOPS or journalism? Norwegian information warfare in


Rune Ottosen

4.            A strategic ritual for all?

Morten Skovsgaard

5.            Web hate in social and mainstream media: ‘Why Anders 
               Behring Breivik is (not) a hero’

Eva Kingsepp

6.            Connecting the DOT: A protocol for the practice and

               perception of journalism

Miles Maguire

7.            A guilty terrorist suspect? On membership categorization

               and presuppositions in news texts

Gitte Gravengaard

8.            Impartiality and autonomy: Preconditions for journalism in

               weak states

Jöran Hök

9.            Towards a pragmatic view of impartiality

Leon Barkho

Part 3: Practicalities

10.          Issues of impartiality in news and current affairs – some

               practical considerations

Kevin Marsh

11.          What are the new rules for reporting, sourcing, verifying,

               editing and publishing a social media world?

Eric Auchard

List of contributors

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