The News Interview

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2002-08-26
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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The news interview has become a major vehicle for presenting broadcast news and political commentary. This book examines the place of the news interview in Anglo-American broadcasting as well as its historical development in the United States and Britain. It discusses the fundamental norms and conventions that shape conduct in the modern interview, including the linguistic and interactional practices of journalists. Through analyses of well-known interviews, the book explores the relationship between journalists and public figures, and reveals the tensions lying beneath the surface of the nightly news.

Author Biography

Steven Clayman is Associate Professor of Sociology and is affiliated with the Communication Studies Program at the University of California, Los Angeles. His research lies at the intersection of talk, interaction, and mass communication. Much of his work concerns various forms of broadcast journalism, with an emphasis on news interviews and presidential press conferences. His articles have appeared in American Sociological Review; American Journal of Sociology; Journal of Communication; Media, Culture, and Society; and Research on Language and Social Interaction John Heritage is Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles. He works in the field of communication and interaction with particular reference to health care and political communication. In the latter field, he has researched extensively on news interviews, political rhetoric and its relationship to audience reactions, and presidential press conferences

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
The news interview in context: institutional background and historical development
Openings and closings
Basic ground rules: taking turns and ``doing'' news interview talk
Defensible questioning: neutralism, credibility, legitimacy
Adversarial questioning: setting agendas and exerting pressure
Answers and evasions
The panel interview: discussion and debate among interviews
Appendix: transcript symbols 347(7)
References 354(12)
Subject index 366(3)
Index of names 369

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