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The "objectivity'' ideal and its limitations in 20th-century British journalism
Journalism Studies
  • Mark HAMPTON, Lingnan University, Hong Kong
Document Type
Journal article
Publication Date
1-1-2008
Keywords
  • Anglo-American media traditions,
  • British journalism,
  • culture of journalism,
  • objectivity,
  • professional ideals,
  • Communication
Disciplines
Abstract

Scholars of British journalism often refer to an Anglo-American shared ideal of "objectivity.'' While well-demonstrated in the American context, however, this ideal is merely assumed in the British context. In fact, a close examination of professional discourse among 20th-century British journalists shows the limitations of this ideal's appeal. Although it has appeared in particular contexts, specifically as corporate norms at Reuters and the BBC, throughout the 20th century it was never accepted as a generalized ideal among British journalists. Particularly among print journalists, such ideals as independence, fair play, and non-intervention by the state were far more compelling than objectivity.

DOI
10.1080/14616700802113060
Language
English
E-ISSN
14699699
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Hampton, M. (2008). The "objectivity'' ideal and its limitations in 20th-century British journalism. Journalism Studies, 9(4), 477-493. doi: 10.1080/14616700802113060