You are here

Journalism and Emotion

Journalism and Emotion

October 2020 | 200 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

The age of detachment is over.

Interactive, interconnected and participatory, journalism today is a constant live-stream of outrage, terror, polarised politics and fake news. With our news landscape dominated by emotionally charged material, Stephen Jukes investigates emotionality’s impact on the practice of journalism and the journalists themselves.

Adopting a psychosocial approach and including interviews with top journalists, this book combines theory and practice to explore:

·       the history of emotive journalism

·       social media’s use of emotion to engage audiences

·       emotion's impact on how journalists work

·       how journalists deal with their own emotions when they are covering difficult stories

Navigating the complex relationship between Journalism and Emotion through the exploration of key concepts, in-depth interviews with influential journalists and analysis of traumatic news stories, this book is a must-read for academics and social science students alike.

Introduction: How Emotion Lies at the Heart of Today's New and Journalism Practice
Chapter 1: Objectivity and Emotion
Chapter 2: Journalism and the Rise of Emotion in a Post-truth Society
Chapter 3: Journalism Practice and Affect
Chapter 4: Interviewing and Emotion
Chapter 5: The Herd Instinct
Chapter 6: Journalism and Trauma
Chapter 7: Journalists and User-generated Content
Conclusion: The Taboo has been Broken, What Next?

Challenging journalism’s long-standing commitment to objectivity, this book breaks new ground in developing the idea of journalism as a community of affective practice. Drawing on a series of empirical case studies, the book looks behind the scenes of journalistic work to uncover the emotional labour carried out by journalists, often at great personal cost, across contexts ranging from user-generated content to terrorist attacks, conflicts and crises and the “post-truth society.” In doing so, it offers indispensable insights for anyone who cares about journalism.

Professor Karin Wahl-Jorgensen
Cardiff University

Select a Purchasing Option

Rent or Buy eBook
ISBN: 9781529729696

ISBN: 9781526497970

ISBN: 9781526497987

This title is also available on SAGE Knowledge, the ultimate social sciences online library. If your library doesn’t have access, ask your librarian to start a trial.