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By Neil Henry

ISBN-10: 0520243420

ISBN-13: 9780520243422

In this vividly written, compelling narrative, award-winning journalist Neil Henry confronts the hindrance dealing with expert journalism during this period of speedy technological transformation. American Carnival combines parts of memoir with vast media examine to discover severe modern concerns starting from reporting at the Iraq struggle, to American race kin, to the exploitation of similar to journalism by way of advertisers and politicians. Drawing on major currents in U.S. media and social historical past, Henry argues that, given the volume of fraud in lots of associations in American existence this present day, the decline of journalistic professionalism sparked through the commercial problem of recent Media poses particularly critical implications for democracy. As more and more alarming tales floor approximately unethical practices, American Carnival makes a stirring case for journalism as a calling that's very important to a loose society, a career that's extra beneficial than ever in a electronic age marked by means of startling attacks at the cultural primacy of truth.

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She recalled that the only time she’d heard PR discussed in journalism school was in a generalized con- 26 American Carnival struct, with journalists as gatekeepers of truth and PR as simply an entity to avoid. “But that isn’t reality,” she continued. “The truth is that sophisticated public relations professionals guard almost every beat— from politics to business to entertainment—and rarely can you truly circumvent them. ” In addition, some young journalists express deep disenchantment over what they view as growing indifference by the news industry to the longterm goal of hiring newsroom staff who reflect the full range of intellectual, political, gender, and racial diversity in American society.

Smith: (long pause) Ten dollars is a lot of money, sir. Editor: That’s an honest answer, Smith. 42 As citizens and professional journalists, we presume that we are far removed from those days. Journalistic standards and codes of ethics are far more advanced now than they once were, industry leaders repeatedly assure us. But what of the abuses we witness? Journalism’s evolution and standards of practice should not be cyclical like the highs and lows of the economy, subject to changing performance and expectation depending on market forces.

But even before the advent of the New Media, the landscape had begun to change. From 1960 to 1995, the American population grew from 180 million to nearly 260 million—but total daily newspaper circulation in the United States remained roughly steady, at 59 million, according to Claude Moisy. 5 A 2004 survey of Americans between the ages of eighteen and thirty-four found that 44 percent relied chiefly on Web-based portals such as Yahoo! and Google for their news and information, with just 19 percent ranking newspapers as their primary source.

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