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Before Journalism Schools : How Gilded Age Reporters Learned the Rules - (Hardcover)

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Drawing on evidence from autobiographies, trade and general interest publications, career histories, and fictional accounts, the author uses the model of Communities of Practice to illustrate how journalistic “knowledge brokers” were the main means for spreading information about reporting and editing conventions across city newsrooms, which functioned as Communities of Practice or places for sharing and storing occupational knowledge. He describes the economic and social context of Gilded Age journalism, its practices, and the forces influencing them; the origins of the Communities of Practice model and other theoretical concepts that explain the development and spread of newswork rules; the jurisdictional struggle between 19th-century journalists and academics to control the dividing line between news and fiction; the knowledge brokers who wrote or spread the growing body of newswork rules; how those rules and others helped new reporters master the human interest story and interviews; how authors of newspaper fiction created imaginary city rooms that provided new reporters with Communities of Practice role models; the development of rules governing “delinquent” reportorial behavior; and how factors similar to those in the 19th century, including economic uncertainty and new technologies, have created an environment in which 21st-century journalists reconsider what stories are important, how they should be obtained, and the format to spread them. Annotation ©2018 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
Number of Pages: 175
Genre: Language + Art + Disciplines
Sub-Genre: Journalism, History
Series Title: Journalism in Perspective: continuities and disruptions
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Univ of Missouri Pr
Author: Randall S. Sumpter
Language: English
Street Date: June 29, 2018
TCIN: 53234278
UPC: 9780826221599
Item Number (DPCI): 248-58-1180
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