Document Type

Article

Department

Graduate School of Media and Communications

Abstract

The State of the news media survey 2004 has found that journalists in the United States believe "business pressures are making the news they produce thinner and shallower" (Kovach, Rosenstiel & Mitchell, 2004, p. 1). In fact, Kovach et al (2004, p.2) state that an increasing number of journalists identify economics as their greatest concern, with 66 per cent 0/national journalists and 57 per cent of local journalists surveyed believing "increased bottom-line pressure is seriously hurting the quality of news coverage ", This paper seeks to provide a theoretical framework which explains this dilemma. The theory articulated challenges views 0/ journalism that conflate journalism with business and media corporations. Drawing on the work 0/Alasdair Maclntyre (1985, 1994), this paper postulates a theory a/journalism that distinguishes between the practice a/journalism, the practices of business and advertising and the institution of the media corporation, in an attempt to explain why managers and journalists have different views on journalistic quality. The paper concludes that the future of journalism depends on a return 10 its core values or internal goods.

Publication

Australian Journalism Review

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