Decoupling journalism and democracy: Or how much democracy does journalism need?
Sage Publications Ltd.
Faculty of Education and Arts
School of Communication and Arts/Centre for Research in Entertainment, Arts, Technology, Education and Communications
The title of this collection of articles is meant to provoke, and will hopefully intensify, a long overdue debate. The five articles presented here made up a session at the 2011 International Association for Media and Communication Research conference in Istanbul. The panel then carried the somewhat more circumspect title of ‘Does journalism have to be defined in terms of democracy?’ which, in the course of our discussions, turned into the more emphatic question, ‘How much democracy does journalism need?’ This change in the title is telling. It turns journalism into the active rather than the dependent party, and signals that journalism does have a life outside democracies.