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Michael Steven Schudson (1946, Milwaukee, USA)

Michael Steven Schudson
Michael Steven Schudson
  • Michael Schudson graduated at Swarthmore College, received his MA and PhD in Sociology from Harvard University and became assistant professor at the University of Chicago. He transferred to the University of California, San Diego, where he worked as a professor of Communication as well as Sociology.
  • Currently he works as professor of Journalism at the Columbia University, New York.
  • He is best known for his research into the history and sociology of the American news media, advertising, popular culture, Watergate and cultural memory.
  • Recent publications:
    • Reluctant Stewards: Journalism in a Democratic Society (2013)
    • The Rise of Contextual Journalism, 1950s-2000s (with Katherine Fink, 2013)
    • Why Democracies Need an Unlovable Press (2008)
  • He received a MacArthur Foundation Award (1990), was a Guggenheim Fellow (1990), and received the Murray Edelman distinguished career award (2004).
  • He was nominated for the honorary doctorate by the Faculty of Arts because of the way his work fundamentally changed the way we study journalism and improved our understanding of the role of journalism in democracy and modern society.

As a professor of Journalism and Sociology Michael Schudson examines the role of journalism in society and its significance for a healthy democracy. He emphasizes the importance of accountability journalism for civic life and points out that vibrant, independent journalism suffers as a result of cutbacks, dwindling budgets and falling advertising revenues.

His research is firmly rooted in a combination of sociology, history and political communication, providing him profound insights into matters like objectivity, citizenship and democracy. He often stresses the fact that we will never love the press, but we need it all the same.

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