Barbie Zelizer published in Communication, Culture & Critique


Barbie Zelizer, Ph.D., the Raymond Williams Professor of Communication, published an original article in Communication, Culture & Critique, a journal of the International Communication Association (Volume 1, Number 1, March 2008, pgs. 86-91) titled "How Communication, Culture and Critique Intersect in the Study of Journalism."

Exerpt: The world of journalism has always been privileged – for good and bad – by the prisms through which we have recognized its parameters. In acting as more than just the provision of some kind of shared repertoire of public events, journalism can be fruitfully understood by bringing to the forefront of its appropriation of the notions of communication, culture, and critique that go into its shaping. Each offers different but complementary parameters through which to think about journalism’s practice and, by extension, its study.

Addressing its integral role that each prism plays in thinking about journalism is worth articulating because discussions of the practice and study of journalism have lost sight of the varied forms through which journalism makes its name. In particular, the communicative role played by journalism has pushed aside both its cultural and critical functions. This has prevented the establishment of a broader understanding of all that journalism does beyond the information relay established via its communicative role.