The Mind of a Journalist

How Reporters View Themselves, Their World, and Their Craft
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William James (Jim) Willis
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Insightful, approachable and engaging look at how journalists define themselves, their world, and their relation to that world.

Written by veteran journalist and noted professor Jim Willis, with an epilogue by Marilyn Thomsen, this book introduces journalistic decision-making into the classroom, alongside discussion of reporting and writing techniques. Students peer inside the minds of a cross-section of print, broadcast, and online journalists by way of exclusive interviews and additional research that provide a deep, broad glimpse into how they perceive themselves, their world, and their craft. Ultimately, this provocative text provides added insights into how journalists think and why they do what they do.

Features and Benefits

  • Original interviews with contemporary journalists at varying career stages. Offers a rarely seen, inside look at the world of journalists from media outlets such as the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe, CNN, the Memphis Commercial-Appeal, KUSA Television in Denver, and The Oklahoman.

  • Anecdotes involving how journalists work. Translates abstract thinking into the reality of everyday journalism.

  • Interviews with several war reporters. Portrays the impact of covering war on those reporting from the field.

  • An example of how different journalists approach traumatic stories such as 9/11, the Oklahoma City bombing, and Hurricane Katrina. Illuminates different orientations to conveying truth and dealing with ethical dilemmas involved in such disaster coverage.

Seasoned journalists examine the following areas

  • Factors that lure young people into journalism as a career

  • The stance journalists take toward the world they are assigned to cover

  • Ethical dilemmas

  • How close to get to a story or how far to distance themselves from it

  • The socialization of journalists and the role their own personal ideologies may play in their work as reporters and editors

  • How one's faith might influence the coverage of a story

  • The mixing of news and entertainment

The Mind of a Journalist is an appropriate and innovative supplement for a variety of media studies courses, including Introduction to Journalism, News Writing and Reporting, Advanced Reporting, Journalism and Society, and Ethics, among many others.

Foreword: The Thinking Journalist
Chapter 1: The Lure of Journalism
The Love of Reading and Writing
An Intense Curiosity
A Desire to Contribute
The Independence Factor
Being on the Inside
The Challenges of Going Deeper
Chapter 2: The Priesthood of Journalists
Journalism as the Fourth Estate
Learning the Ropes
The Separated Journalist
Journalists as Advocates
Feeling the Pulse
Granting Confidentiality
Legal Ramifications of Confidentiality
Editors Discourage Confidentiality
Anonymous Sources in Washington
Chapter 3: The Journalist's View of the World
The Journalist and Worldviews
The Importance of Time
News as a Reflection of the World
The Concept of Ethnocentrism
Cultural Immersion
The Risk of Involvement
The Concept of Ambiguity
Diversity Among Journalists
The Socialization of Journalists
Beliefs, Attitudes, and Values
Chapter 4: Journalists, Theory, and Ethics
The Pragmatics of Journalism
Media Effects
A Primer in Media Theory
The Question of Objectivity
Ethics and Journalists
Fabricating News
Credibility as "Currency of the Realm"
Encouraging Ethics in Politics
Diversity in the Newsroom
Separating Business From Journalism
Chapter 5: The Journalist as an Ideologue
Revisiting Objectivity
The Subjective Prisms of Cultures
Enduring Values
Journalists and Politics
What the Data Reveal
Serving as the Victims' Voice
Reports, Inferences, and Judgments
Where Passion Enters In
Op-Ed News
Chapter 6: The Journalist and Faith
A Reluctant Story
Top Religion Stories for 2007
Resources for Religion Writers
An Interesting Study
A Journalist's Own Religion
Faith-Based Journalistic Organizations
Faith-Based Media
Stepping Into Another's Faith
An Ongoing Tension
A Final Thought
Chapter 7: The Journalist as Celebrity
An Obsession with Celebrity
USC Targets the Issue
Celebrity Journalists
Critics From Within
A Double Standard, an Expected Deference
Katie Couric's New Persona
Cooper's Emotional Journalism
A Possible Distortion
The Latest in a Trend?
Chapter 8: Questions Vexing Journalists
A Young Journalist Weighs In
One Frustrated Anchor
Rays of Hope
Some Stay, Some Move On
Epilogue: Reporting From Iraq: Journalists Talk About Covering War
Afterword: A Personal Odyssey
Appendix 1: Covering Katrina: On Taking It Personally
Appendix 2: Thirteen Unique Journalists
Selected Bibliography
About the Author
What propels an individual into becoming a professional observer and chronicler of society, joining a group that is often targeted for criticism by the general public? Can a journalist really have an objective view of the world and the way it operates or do journalists each operate from a specific worldview, parts of which are held in common by all journalists? Do journalists feel they can become involved in normal social and civic activities, or is the world a detached storehouse of ideas for stories? Is the journalist most effective on the sidelines of society, or in getting involved in the action, or taking to the field as a referee or field judge?If journalists are so devoted to the ideals of objectivity, detachment, truth, and providing an accurate view of the world, why do so many of them leave journalism and move into public relations, media consulting, and advertising?These are just some of the issues explored in The Mind of a Journalist: How Reporters See Themselves, Their Stories, and the World. For students and would-be journalists, this book analyzes the rational processes journalists use in defining themselves, their world, and their relation to that world.Written by veteran journalist and noted professor Jim Willis, with many observations from working and recently retired journalists from both print and broadcast, the goal of the book is to put this discussion of journalist thinking into the classroom (alongside discussion of reporting and writing techniques). Ultimately, the book provides added insights to how journalists think and why they do what they do.Features&Benefits: Included throughout the book are many observations/interviews from working journalists at such media outlets as: The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, CNN, The Memphis Commercial-Appeal, WRTV Television in Indianapolis, and The Daily Oklahoman. A running single-story example (President's Bush's decision to invade Iraq in 2003) shows how the same story was treated by several different journalist mindsets, and thereby examining how these different mindsets defined the issues of truth, ethics, and legality for this story.

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