Pursuing an Ethic of Empathy in Journalism

1st Edition

Janet Blank-Libra

Routledge
Published July 19, 2016
Reference - 208 Pages
ISBN 9781138194434 - CAT# Y227056
Series: Routledge Research in Journalism

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Summary

This book advances a journalistic theory of empathy, challenging long-held notions about how best to do journalism. Because the institution of journalism has typically equated empathy and compassion with bias, it has been slow to give the intelligence of the emotions a legitimate place in the reporting and writing process. Blank-Libra’s work locates the point at which the vast, multidisciplinary research on empathy intersects with the work of the journalist, revealing a reality that has always been so: journalists practice empathy as a way to connect but also as a form of inquiry, as sincere and legitimate in its goals and aspirations as is objectivity.

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