9781405136938

What Can Be Done : Making the Media and Politics Better

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    9781405136938

  • ISBN10:

    1405136936

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2006-08-14
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
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Summary

What Can Be Done? makes an important contribution to public debate in Britain about the relationship between the media and politics, focusing in particular on the damage the media do to politics and the controls that politicians impose on the media. The book comprises a series of challenging essays written by academics, journalists and political commentators, each one proposing reforms that could improve how the media perform and how politics functions. Addressing topical issues such as regulation, public service broadcasting, and how news is managed, these contributions recommend some key changes that would improve democracy in Britain by improving the quality of public debate. The focus of the book is on Britain, but key commentators from America and Europe put the British problems into perspective.

Author Biography

John Lloyd is a Contributing Editor to the Financial Times. He is a member of the editorial board of Prospect magazine, and of the Moscow School of Political Studies. He has won several top journalism awards and, in addition to TV and radio work, is a post editor of the New Statesmen and of Time Out. With others, he is creating the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University. His most recent book is What The Media Are Doing To Our Politics.



Jean Seaton is Professor of Media History at the University of Westminster and is on the board of Political Quarterly. She was official historian of the BBC for the 1980s, and is the author of Carnage and the Media (2005).

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors vi
Introduction 1(13)
JEAN SEATON
Hotting It Up 14(9)
JÜRGEN KRONIG
The Virtues of an Unlovable Press 23(10)
MICHAEL SCHUDSON
The Epiphany of Joe Trippi 33(13)
JOHN LLOYD
What's Good on Television? 46(12)
TIM GARDAM
Can the BBC Invigorate our Political Culture? 58(12)
STEVEN BARNETT
The Rise of the Ranters: Saving Political Journalism 70(10)
PETER RIDDELL
Morally Engaged: Reporters in Crises 80(11)
MARTIN WOOLLACOTT
Lacking a Clear Narrative: Foreign Reporting after the Cold War 91(11)
SUZANNE FRANKS
Digitising Democracy 102(22)
GEORGINA BORN
Little Citizens: Children, the Media and Politics 124(22)
JEAN SEATON
On the Cusp: Finding New Visions for Social Gain from Broadcasting 146(13)
DON REDDING
Index 159

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