Rethinking Journalism II The Societal Role & Relevance of Journalism in a Digital Age 23-24 January
It’s easy to make a rhetorical case for the value of journalism. Because, it is a necessary precondition for democracy; it speaks to the people and for the people; it informs them and enables them to take rational decisions; and it functions as their watchdog on government and other powers that be….
All true! But does rehashing such familiar rationales bring Journalism Studies forward? Does it contribute to ongoing discussions on journalism’s viability?
This expert workshop aims to discuss what journalism is beyond the established rhetoric among scholars and practitioners. For all their seeming self-evidence, what bearing do these platitudes have in terms of the actual social relevance of journalism in the digital age? How much affinity does this talk share with the concrete roles journalism performs? And what about journalism as a cultural form itself? Is there a singular journalism that has one well-defined role in society?
This event is organized by the Research Network “Capturing Change in Journalism: Shifting Role Perceptions at the Turn of the 20th and 21st Centuries” run by the journalism departments of the universities of Groningen and Sheffield. The network is funded by the British and Dutch science foundations, AHRC and NWO. It builds upon themes raised in Rethinking Journalism (Chris Peters and Marcel Broersma eds., Routledge, 2012), a collection generated out of a similar workshop organised in 2009.
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