Annenberg Professor Barbie Zelizer Publishes Article for Critical Studies in Media Communication

Barbie Zelizer, Ph.D., the Raymond Williams Professor of Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication, published an article titled "On 'Having Been There': as a Journalistic Key Word" in the publication Critical Studies in Media Communication (Vol. 24, No. 5, December 2007, pp. 408–428).

Abstract: This article tracks the evolution of “eyewitnessing” as a journalistic key word. It argues that three dimensions have helped establish eyewitnessing as a way to understand journalism – the eyewitness as report, eyewitness as role, and eyewitness as technology. These dimensions have functioned as different carriers of meaning about journalism over time, establishing a seemingly consensual understanding of journalism and journalistic practice while strengthening journalism’s claim to authority in questionable circumstances.