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Shifting foundations: journalism and the power of the 'common good'

Hess, Kristy 2016, Shifting foundations: journalism and the power of the 'common good', Journalism, In Press, pp. 1-16, doi: 10.1177/1464884915627149.

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Title Shifting foundations: journalism and the power of the 'common good'
Author(s) Hess, KristyORCID iD for Hess, Kristy
Journal name Journalism
Season In Press
Start page 1
End page 16
Total pages 16
Publisher Sage
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2016-02-02
ISSN 1741-3001
Keyword(s) Bourdieu
common good
civic virtue
legacy media
media legitimacy
media power
public good
symbolic power
Summary This essay rethinks the relationship between news media and the universal notion of the ‘common good’ as a key foundational concept for journalism studies. It challenges dominant liberal democratic theories of the press linked to the idea of the ‘public good’ to offer a new way of conceptualizing news media’s relationship to civic life that incorporates power and legitimacy in the changing media world. In doing so, it argues current understandings of journalism’s relationship to the common good also require some re-alignment. The essay draws on Pierre Bourdieu to contend the common good can be understood as a global doxa – an unquestionable orthodoxy that operates as if it were objective truth – across wider social space. How this is carried out in practice depends on the specific context in which it is understood. It positions the common good in relation to news media’s symbolic power to construct reality and argues certain elites generate and reinforce their legitimacy by being perceived as central to negotiating understandings of the common good with links to culture, community and shared values.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/1464884915627149
Field of Research 200104 Media Studies
1903 Journalism And Professional Writing
2001 Communication And Media Studies
Socio Economic Objective 940201 Civics and Citizenship
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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