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Making the News PopularMobilizing U.S. News Audiences$
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Anthony M. Nadler

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780252040146

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252040146.001.0001

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A View from Somewhere

A View from Somewhere

The Making and Unmaking of the Age of Professional Journalism

(p.27) Chapter 1 A View from Somewhere
Making the News Popular

Anthony M. Nadler

University of Illinois Press

This chapter analyzes how the ideal of professional autonomy came to prominence in U.S. journalism and why it came up against enormous pressures by the late 1960s and 1970s. Many perceptive journalism scholars have sought to explain the origins of journalistic professionalism and the idealization of objectivity. The chapter offers a synthesis of this scholarship, paying close attention to the kinds of evidence scholars have used to show different factors—cultural, political, economic, and institutional—as prompting the adoption of the objectivity ideal and the related commitment to journalistic professionalism. Sifting through this scholarship suggests that journalistic professionalism served as a strategic response on the part of media owners to new social conditions taking shape largely during the first half of the twentieth century.

Keywords:   U.S. journalism, professional autonomy, objectivity, journalism scholars, journalistic professionalism, media owners

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