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Mathew Ricketson
Contributors Acknowledgements Chapter 1 Introduction: a context for understanding the changing practice of journalism in Australia. Section 1: Continuing issues in the practice of journalism Chapter 2 Spin doctors, news values and public interest the Bermuda Triangle of policy debate Chapter 3 Covering traumatic events without traumatising yourself or others Chapter 4 Navigating the thickets of dealing with sources Chapter 5 The contemporary journalistic interview: a hollow dance looking for new moves? Chapter 6 The power of investigative journalism and why it is needed more than ever Section 2: The environment in which journalists work Chapter 7 Why journalists are mistrusted and what can be done about it Chapter 8 Does privacy still exist online? Journalism, digital technology and privacy Chapter 9 The virtues of localism in the digital age: community media's great opportunity Chapter 10 Understanding the role and importance of marketing in news organisations Chapter 11 The hidden underbelly of the journalism-public relations nexus: why many journalists turn to training people to avoid journalists' questions Section 3: New and emerging approaches to journalism practice Chapter 12 WikiLeaks and the challenge of the 'Fifth Estate' Chapter 13 New ways of funding and supporting journalism Chapter 14 Experiments in the practice of journalism: a rolling report card Chapter 15 The new appreciation of long-form journalism in a short-form world Chapter 16 What journalism can learn from satire Index
The rise of new communication technologies has cracked open long-held assumptions that the media and journalism are closely related. They are related but they are not synonymous. The revenue from classified advertising that enable media companies to pay for journalism can now be generated online by companies that have nothing to do with journalism. The ramification of these new technologies, both for the business of media and for the practice of journalism, are still unfolding but it is already clear they are of critical importance. If the business model that sustained journalism for many years is under threat, these same communication technologies offer journalists new ways of gathering news and presenting stories as well as new ways of engaging with 'the people formerly known as the audience'. In Australian Journalism Today, experts in the practice and theory of journalism examine key questions facing current and aspiring practitioners. What is the future of investigative journalism? How can journalists cover traumatic events without traumatizing themselves or others? How can journalists navigate privacy in the online world? Why do some journalists end up training people to avoid other journalists' questions? Can satire ever be considered journalism? Are we seeing the emergence of viable business models for the media of the 21st century? Are journalists and citizens competing or complementary players in the new media landscape, and what can they learn from each other?