Journalism and Memory

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2014-02-14
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

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Although journalism has always been an important vehicle of collective memory, it has been neglected in discussions about how memory works. This fascinating book aims to correct that disjuncture, by tracking the ways in which journalism and shared memory mutually support, undermine, repair and challenge each other. How is journalism's address to memory different from that of other institutions? What would the study of memory look like without journalism? And how would our understanding of journalism fall short without paying attention to memory? Bringing together leading scholars in journalism and memory studies, this collection makes explicit the longstanding and complicated role that journalism has played in keeping the past alive. From anniversary issues and media retrospectives to simple verbal and visual analogies connecting past and present, journalism incorporates an address to earlier times across the wide array of its conventions and practices. How it does so and which triumphs and problems ensue in our understanding of collective memory constitute the charter of this volume.

Author Biography

Barbie Zelizer is the Raymond Williams Chair of Communication and Director of the Scholars Program in Culture and Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, USA.

Keren Tenenboim-Weinblatt is Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication and Journalism at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.

Table of Contents

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1. Reflections on the Underdeveloped Relations between Journalism and Memory Studies; Jeffrey Olick
2. Memory as Foreground, Journalism as Background; Barbie Zelizer
3. Shifting the Politics of Memory: Mnemonic Trajectories in a Global Public Terrain; Ingrid Volkmer and Carolyne Lee,
4. Collective Memory in a Post-Broadcast World; Jill Edy
Journalism and Narrative Memory
5. Journalism as a Vehicle of Non-Commemorative Cultural Memory; Michael Schudson
6. Counting time: Journalism and the Temporal Resource; Keren Tenenboim-Weinblatt
7. Reversed memory: Commemorating the Past Through Coverage of the Present; Motti Neiger, Eyal Zandberg and Oren Meyers
Journalism and Visual Memory
8. Hands and Feet: Photojournalism, the Fragmented Body Politic, and Collective Memory; Robert Hariman and John Louis Lucaites
9. Journalism, Memory and the 'Crowd-Sourced Video Revolution'; Kari Andén-Papadopoulos
10. The Journalist as Memory Assembler: Non-Memory, The War on Terror and The Shooting of Osama Bin Laden; Anna Reading
11. A New Memory of War; Andrew Hoskins
Journalism and Institutional Memory
12. The Late News: Memory Work as Boundary Work in the Commemoration of Television Journalists; Matt Carlson and Dan Berkowitz
13. Conventions and Cultures, 1863-2013: The Gettysburg Address in the Mind of American Journalism; Barry Schwartz
14. Historical Authority and the 'Potent Journalistic Reputation': A Longer View of Legacy-Making in American News Media; Carolyn Kitch
15. Argentinean Torturers on Trial: How Are Journalists Covering the Hearings' Memory Work?; Susana Kaiser

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