Daring to Feel: Violence, the News Media, and Their Emotions ePub (Adobe DRM) download by Jody Santos

Daring to Feel: Violence, the News Media, and Their Emotions

Lexington Books
Publication date: December 2009
ISBN: 9780739144015
Digital Book format: ePub (Adobe DRM)

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"Thou shall remain objective" is the number-one newsroom commandment, but lately cracks have begun to appear in the news media's objective façade. American journalists have been pushed to the emotional brink with such recent tragedies and September 11th and Virginia Tech. Like social scientists, reporters are expected to be immune to, and even aloof from, the pain and suffering they chronicle. Daring to Feel: Violence, the News Media, and Their Emotions challenges this journalistic mandate, particularly as it pertains to the emotional topic of violence. Interviewing journalists who have covered some of the worst tragedies in our nation's history, Jody Santos shows what happens when the news media dare to feel. No longer detached observers, theyare free to see violence in all of its emotional complexity. In allowing themselves to experience the rage, helplessness and fear of those who have survived violence, these reporters tell deeper, more moving stories-stories that hopefully will have a profound effect on the way society views and confronts devastating problems such as child abuse and school massacres. Daring to Feel is not a call to scrap objectivity but an attempt to rebalance journalism's hierarchical relationship between thinkingand feeling; rather, Santos creates an insightful new dialogue about the value of emotionally engaged reporting.
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