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Name:  Clifford G. Christians  

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Genre: Non-Fiction

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Christians works at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Clifford G. Christians is research professor of communications and the director of the Institute of Communications Research at U of I in Champaign.


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Normative Theories of the Media: Journalism in Democratic Societies (History of Communication)
ISBN: 0252076184

University of Illinois Press. 2009

In this book, five leading scholars of media and communication take on the difficult but important task of explicating the role of journalism in democratic societies. Using Fred S. Siebert, Theodore Peterson, and Wilbur Schramm's classic Four Theories of the Press as their point of departure, the authors explore the philosophical underpinnings and the political realities that inform a normative approach to questions about the relationship between journalism and democracy, investigating not just what journalism is but what it ought to be.

The authors identify four distinct yet overlapping roles for the media: the monitorial role of a vigilant informer collecting and publishing information of potential interest to the public

the facilitative role that not only reports on but also seeks to support and strengthen civil society

the radical role that challenges authority and voices support for reform

and the collaborative role that creates partnerships between journalists and centers of power in society, notably the state, to advance mutually acceptable interests. Demonstrating the value of a reconsideration of media roles, Normative Theories of the Media provides a sturdy foundation for subsequent discussions of the changing media landscape and what it portends for democratic ideals.