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Reviving the Fourth Estate

Reviving the Fourth Estate
Democracy, Accountability and the Media

Part of Reshaping Australian Institutions

  • Date Published: November 1998
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521629706

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  • The news media is traditionally the watchdog of democracy. Today, it is also one of the most pervasive global industries. In this lively and accessible book, Schultz systematically analyses the role of journalism in Australia and the scope of its democratic purpose. She examines key news stories, and looks at the attitudes of Australian journalists themselves. The fourth estate remains the ideal of most journalists, but the reality has been impaired by the increasing concentration of media ownership and by political, ethical and occupational interests. While Australian journalism has become bolder and more investigative, increasing commercialism and decreasing ethical standards have left the public sceptical. Schultz argues for a revival of the fourth estate based on journalistic independence and poltical autonomy, together with increased accountability and responsiveness.

    • Lively, accessible and boldly original
    • Includes results of unique survey of Australian journalists
    • Detailed analysis of challenges to the fourth estate, and suggestions for reviving it
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    • Date Published: November 1998
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521629706
    • length: 320 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.47kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface: Paradoxes of the bastard estate
    1. Redefining the fourth estate
    2. The idealised watchdog estate
    3. The fourth estate - a changing doctrine
    3 The other estates question the fourth
    5. Five contests to institutional legitimacy
    6. Accepting the ideal
    7. In whole public interest
    8. From reporting to investigating
    9. Challenging power: Reporting in the 1980s
    10. Reviving the fourth estate.

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    Julianne Schultz

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