Just the facts : how "objectivity" came to define American journalism (Book, 1998) [WorldCat.org]
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Just the facts : how "objectivity" came to define American journalism

Author: David T Z Mindich
Publisher: New York : New York University Press, ©1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
If American journalism were a religion, as it has been called, then its supreme deity would be "objectivity." The high priests of the profession worship the concept, while the iconoclasts of advocacy journalism, new journalism, and cyberjournalism consider objectivity a golden calf. Meanwhile, a groundswell of tabloids and talk shows and the increasing infringement of market concerns make a renewed discussion of the  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David T Z Mindich
ISBN: 9780814756140 081475614X 9780814756133 0814756131
OCLC Number: 38898032
Description: x, 200 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Acknowledgments --
Introduction: Objectivity --
Detachment: The caning of James Gordon Bennett, the Penny Press, and objectivitiy's primordial soup --
Nonpartisanship: Three shades of political journalism --
The inverted pyramid: Edwin M. Stanton and information control --
Facticity: Science, culture, cholera, and the rise of journalism's "native empiricism," 1832-66 --
Balance: A "slanderous and nasty-minded mulatress," Ida B. Wells, confronts "objectivity in the 1890s --
Conclusion: Thoughts on a post-"objective" profession.
Responsibility: David T.Z. Mindich.


Taking a panoramic view of objectivity in American journalism, this volume reaches back to the 19th century in order to recover its history and meaning. The author provides a meditation on the  Read more...


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