'Be it on your head': discontinuities in history and conscience in Australian journalism

Little, Janine (2003) 'Be it on your head': discontinuities in history and conscience in Australian journalism. Politics and Culture, 2003 (4).

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Conclusion: Journalists in Australia have fought tough battles against attempts by various governments to manipulate and control the flow of news and, unlike in the United States, there is no Bill of Rights here to make written principle at least of the right of a journalist to do their job. Journalists who are good at that job invariably see themselves as standing with the public, not the political power base. They are no less subject to that sense of the boot on the head, or of being deprived of the information that might help them mediate some of the contradictions between aspiration and exclusion, than anyone else. The difference is that journalists do have the capacity to be included in the discussions, and to select their own levels of ignorance and conscience.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Author retains copyright.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Arts - Department of Mass Communication
Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2010 05:52
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2010 02:32
Uncontrolled Keywords: Australian journalism
Fields of Research : 19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1903 Journalism and Professional Writing > 190301 Journalism Studies
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9502 Communication > 950204 The Media
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/5312

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