"...this book can be recommended to journalism students as a useful entry point into many of the debates surrounding 21st century journalism, and as a way of encouraging thought about what, indeed, a journalist may be." Tony Harcup, University of Sheffield What are the key issues confronting journalism today, and why?What are the important debates regarding the forms and practices of reporting?How can the quality of news be improved? Journalism: Critical Issues explores essential themes in news and journalism studies. It brings together an exciting selection of original essays which engage with the most significant topics, debates and controversies in this fast-growing field. Using a wide range of case studies, topics include: Journalism's role in a democracySource dynamics in news productionJournalism ethicsSexism and racism in the newsTabloidization, scandals and celebrityReporting conflict, terrorism and warThe future of investigative journalism The book is written in a lively manner designed to invite discussion by identifying key questions around a critical issue. Each chapter assesses where journalism is today, its strengths and its challenges, and highlights ways to improve upon it for tomorrow. Journalism: Critical Issues is essential reading for students and researchers in the fields of news and journalism, media studies, cultural studies, sociology and communication studies. Contributors: Stuart Allan, Alison Anderson, Olga Guedes Bailey, Steven Barnett, Oliver Boyd-Barrett, Michael Bromley, Cynthia Carter, Simon Cottle, Chas Critcher, Matthew David, Maire Messenger Davies, Bob Franklin, Robert A. Hackett, Ramaswami Harindranath, Ian Hutchby, Richard Keeble, Justin Lewis, Minelle Mahtani, P. David Marshall, Brian McNair, Martin Montgomery, Alan Petersen, Susanna Hornig Priest, Jane Rhodes, Karen Ross, David Rowe, Prasun Sonwalkar, Linda Steiner, Howard Tumber, Ingrid Volkmer, Karin Wahl-Jorgensen, Barbie Zelizer.