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Normative Theories of the Media

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Preface; Introduction: Beyond Four Theories of the Press; Part One: Normative Theory; Chapter 1. Evolution of Normative Traditions; Chapter 2. Characteristics of Normative Theory; Part Two: Democracy; Chapter 3. Principles and Practice of Democracy; Chapter 4. Roles of News Media in Democracy; Part Three: Roles; Chapter 5. Monitorial Role; Chapter 6. Facilitative Role; Chapter 7. Radical Role; Chapter 8. Collaborative Role; Prospects; Conclusion; References

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A contemporary analysis of mass media and modern democracy

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Clifford G. Christians is research professor of communications and the director of the Institute of Communications Research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Theodore L. Glasser is a professor of communication at Stanford University. Denis McQuail is a professor emeritus of mass communication at the University of Amsterdam. Kaarle Nordenstreng is a professor of journalism and mass communication at the University of Tampere, Finland. Robert A. White is a professor of social sciences and communications at St. Augustine University of Tanzania.


"This long awaited book by a group of the most distinguished scholars of journalism and the media will define the terms of discussion of normative theory for the next generation." John C. Nerone, co-author of The Form of News: A History

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