How We Determine Journalistic Authority in the Digital Age


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Legitimating News in the Digital Era

Matt Carlson

"The most comprehensive statement about journalistic authority I have ever read-bar none.... Journalistic Authority truly fills a gaping hole in the scholarship and will be well cited as an important and significant work in the field going forward." -- Sue Robinson, University of Wisconsin

Read the introduction, The Many Relationships of Journalism

When  we encounter a news story, why do we accept its version of events? Matt Carlson  argues that authority is not a thing to be possessed or lost, but a quality of the connections between those laying claim to being an authority and those who assent to it. 

In Journalistic Authority, Carlson examines the practices journalists use to legitimate their work: professional orientation, development of specific news forms, and the personal narratives they circulate to support a privileged social place. He then considers journalists' relationships with the audiences, sources, technologies, and critics that shape journalistic authority in the contemporary media environment. Carlson argues that journalistic authority is always the product of complex and variable relationships. By creating a schema to account for this complexity, he presents a new model for critiquing journalism while advocating for the norms and practices we want to be authoritative.

$30.00  $21.00 | Paper | 248 pages