Three Scholarly Journal Articles Annotated Bibliography
This paper presents annotated bibliographies for three scholarly journal articles that present Journalism studies on different topics.
Sources with Annotations
Åker, P. (2012) “Photography, objectivity and the modern newspaper,” Journalism Studies, Vol.
13 Issue. 3, Pp. 325-339
This article presents a discussion of the pictures that appear in the front pages of Scandinavian newspapers. These pictures, which usually look pleasant and enigmatic, dominate the whole of the front pages of these newspapers, a practice that was not common in the past. According to Aker, these photographs are believed to promote ideals of objectivity in modern journalism. However, the author notes that subjectivity has also developed in photography, in parallel with the development of objectivity since the 1930s. The author adopts a historical approach in examining these two aspects and finds that though the pictures are intended to promote ideas of objectivity, the stories behind them are largely subjective. The author of this article uses real evidence to support the arguments presented in it. However, the article analyzes the objectivity and subjectivity of these photographs from different points of view and fails to arrive at one logical conclusion. Irrespective of this, this article addresses an issue that is highly interesting to readers, making it quite relevant in journalism studies. Reliable
Moore, R. C. (2012). “As predicted”, Journalism Studies, Vol. 13 Issue. 3, Pp. 447-462
This article presents research whose purpose was to investigate the factors that influence news coverage about astrology as well as the key issues that relate to such coverage. To understand this, Moore examines Edward Caudill’s theory which states that the cultural background of journalists influences such coverage. The author also examines Neil Postman’s theory which suggests that such coverage is usually influenced by factors such as technology, structures as well as the decisions held within the profession. Moore investigates the applicability of the two theories using a recent incident in which Parke Kunkle, a Minnesota college professor made a statement about astrology that immediately burst into the news and highly influenced the beliefs of the public. The author found that the two theories are influential in determining news coverage about astrology. However, the author noted that technology rarely influences such coverage. Generally, though Moore uses a theoretical approach in this research, he uses appropriate evidence to support facts, which makes this source to be highly reliable.
Vultee, F. (2012). “Man-child in the white house,” Journalism Studies, Vol. Issue. 13:1, Pp. 54
This article presents a study of the perceptions of readers of news articles posted at foxnews.com on the presidency of Barrack Obama. The study employs the method of fantasy theme analysis as well as the theory of symbolic convergence to examine the comments of the readers. This study takes a theoretical approach, reinforced by the “Paranoid Style described by Richard Hofstadter. The study found that different individuals have different perceptions of President Obama. Some of the views gathered were that Obama is a Nazi and a Communist, a reformed individual who was once an idiot, a professor, an individual who is easily manipulated like a puppet and a conspirator. The article further discusses the changing online atmosphere and how Fox News and the whole American journalism landscape fits into it. One of the most significant weaknesses of this article is that the issues addressed in the article are not properly summarized and a conclusion is not distinct. However, the author takes a neutral stance in the research, which facilitates an adequate understanding of the perceptions of readers of articles at foxnews.com. It is, therefore, a valuable source in journalism studies.
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