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Radio Journalism

Radio Journalism

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Journalism | Television & Radio

184 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Radio Journalism introduces key themes in journalism studies to explore what makes radio reporting distinctive and lay out the claims for radio's critical importance in the news landscape.

With their extensive experience in radio production and academica, authors Guy Starkey and Andrew Crisell take readers on a tour through the past, present and future of radio broadcasting, from the infancy of the BBC in the 1920s up to the prospect of rolling news delivered to mobile telephones. Grounding each chapter in a survey of scholarly writing on the radio, they explore the connections between politics, policy and practice, inviting critical reflection on who radio professionals are, what they do and why. Putting theory and practice into dialogue, this book is the perfect bridge between unreflective production manuals and generalised media theory texts.

Witty and engaging, Radio Journalism provides an essential framework for understanding the continuing relevance of radio journalism as a profession, set of practices and arena for critical debate.

The Historical Background
Political Economy and Social Demography
Recent Policy Developments
Contemporary Practices
International / Comparative Perspectives
Theorising the Field
Future Directions
A Critical Bibliography

...this is not another turgid guide to digital editing, writing for radio and the structure of a newsroom team. It is an ambitious and accessible study that combines a succinct narrative history of radio journalism with an analysis of its power in the public sphere. It describes the development of British audio broadcasting before locating it in an international context and contemplating the contours of the convergent future. Such ambition is often the prelude to failure. Instead, Starkey and Crisell have written a precious introduction to the theory, practice and purposes of radio journalism that will be very useful to serious students of the subject....

Journalism educators produce too few texts that pair clear and authoritative understanding of professional practice with coherent theoretical analysis. Starkey and Crisell offer both, and evince respect for journalism as a profession too. This is a very good book

THE (Times Higher Education)

This book is a timely narrative about the history and development of radio, and reasserts its special properties and values. It also reminds us about the continuing importance of radio journalism - local, national and international, all of it under threat from pure market forces - and the need to protect, nurture and encourage the public service values which lie at the heart of good radio journalism

Steve Harris
Accreditation Secretary, Broadcast Journalism Training Council and Head of Journalism and Media Programmes, ICM

Two of our leading scholars of radio and of journalism have combined their talents to give us the most incisive introduction to radio journalism any student of the subject could wish for. Starkey and Crisell offer an unbeatable range of perspectives and, in so doing, they illuminate the subject. Radio Journalism challenges lazy assumptions and inspires fresh thinking. So while it's wise to the deep historical roots of the subject, it's also a marvellous road map to the ways ahead. Indispensable

David Hendy
Reader in Media and Communication, University of Westminster


Mr Paul Lashmar
School of Arts, Brunel University
February 28, 2013

A fascinating insight into the principles and practices of radio journalism. We will be adopting this book as supplemental reading for our multimedia module as the book is very relevant to audio production such as podcasts on the web

Mr Simon McEnnis
Sport and Leisure Cultures, Brighton University
January 18, 2011

A fair text book. Too many words and easier to read would benefit students.

Mr Phil Gibbons
Media studies, City of Bristol College
November 19, 2009

The first part (most of the book) is too British for our Swedish students, but the rest about theorizing is good

Dr Titti Forsslund
Journalism , Kalmar University
November 13, 2009

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter One PDF

Guy Starkey

Andrew Crisell

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