An investigation into the decline of political journalism in the UK national press

Mott, Celeste (2016) An investigation into the decline of political journalism in the UK national press. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This investigation examines the decline of political journalism in the UK national press, in both the quality and purpose. It explores the contemporary and past aspects of this genre, including the effects of commercialisation and the historic role of the Fourth Estate. The study establishes a solid reasoning why political journalism is so influential in society, whilst asserting an understanding of the public sphere. Consideration is given to political agendas being infiltrated into the reporting, thus causing a decline in the quality of fair and unbiased information available to the public.
    With the use of literature from respected media theorists, such as Herman and Chomsky and Jurgen Habermas, alongside relevant case studies, this dissertation will argue that political journalists have mostly failed in their role as guardians of the Fourth Estate justice system. Using qualitative data from official government inquiries, this investigation concludes that the decline in political journalism is causing a democratic deficit that has lead to regulatory measures, such as the Leveson Inquiry.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 31 Aug 2016 09:25
    Last Modified: 31 Aug 2016 09:25
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/21625

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