Grave new world? Democratic journalism enters in the global 21st century.
This article was published in Journalism Studies, vol 1 no 1
      by Guy Berger, Aug 1999

The role of journalism has arguably become more important with the unfolding of the Information Age, and particularly as regards the changing democratic significance of the mass media within this epoch. But the democratic role of journalism needs to be distinguished from a developmental role. It should also be disentangled from the role of media qua institution. Conceptualising what a democratic role entails is clarified by identifying four distinct species of democratic journalism. While these remain relevant, their context is dramatically different to what it has been, and it is also very different in both First and Third World countries.


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