The Press, Pulpit and Public Opinion: The Clergy's Conferral of Power and the Concomitant Call for a Journalism of Advocacy in an Age of Reform

This study of the discourse that appeared in the late 19th and early 20th centuries in books, the newspaper trade journals, and periodicals—both secular and religious—reveals the pulpit's publicly stated conferral of its role of agent of education and moral uplift to the press as the moral agen...

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Published in:Journal of media and religion
Main Author: Rodgers, Ronald R.
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group [2010]
In:Journal of media and religion
Year: 2010, Volume: 9, Issue: 1, Pages: 1-18
Online Access: Volltext (Resolving-System)
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Summary:This study of the discourse that appeared in the late 19th and early 20th centuries in books, the newspaper trade journals, and periodicals—both secular and religious—reveals the pulpit's publicly stated conferral of its role of agent of education and moral uplift to the press as the moral agent for change in an age of reform and demographic upheaval. The pulpit's acknowledgment of the subsidence of the church's primacy in the area of public opinion and the enlargement of the perceived role of the press in society came with a call, however, for a journalism of advocacy that rejected the objective mode of journalism in order to battle for reform and moral uplift.
ISSN:1534-8415
Contains:Enthalten in: Journal of media and religion
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1080/15348420903536307