American Journalism and "Fake News": Examining the Facts, 1st Edition

  • Seth Ashley
  • Jessica Roberts
  • Adam Maksl
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  • ISBN-10: 1440861846
  • ISBN-13: 9781440861840
  • DDC: 071
  • 264 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2019 | Published/Released April 2019
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2019

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A part of ABC-CLIO's Examining the Facts series, which uses evidence-based documentation to examine the veracity of claims and beliefs about high-profile issues in American culture and politics, this volume examines beliefs, claims, and myths about American journalism and news media. It offers a comprehensive overview of the field of American journalism, including contemporary issues and historical foundations, and places modern problems such as "fake news" and misinformation in the context of larger technological and economic forces. The book illustrates the strengths and weaknesses of journalistic practices so readers can feel empowered to navigate the complex information environment in which we live and to understand the level to which various news sources can (or can't) be trusted to provide accurate and timely coverage of issues and events of import to the public and the nation. These skills and knowledge structures are necessary for any citizen who wishes to be an informed participant in a self-governing democratic society.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Recent Titles in Contemporary Debates.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
How to Use This Book.
Introduction: Journalism’s Role in Democratic Society.
1: Journalists: What They Do and Whom They Work For.
2: News Media Law and Economics.
3: News Audiences.
4: News and Politics.
5: “Fake News” and Misinformation.
6: Representation and Reality in News Coverage.
7: The Future of Journalism.
About the Authors.