Skip to the content

Contrary to claims, conventions and culture: an apologia for the Glasgow University Media Group

Quinn, A 2007, 'Contrary to claims, conventions and culture: an apologia for the Glasgow University Media Group' , International Journal of Media and Cultural Politics, 3 (1) , pp. 5-24. (In Press)

Full text not available from this repository. (Request a copy)

Abstract

This article looks at the cultural politics of journalism, broadcast news and media research. Since the appearance of its first book, Bad News (1976), the Glasgow University Media Group (GUMG) has made a sustained contribution to our understanding of media culture and especially to notions of objectivity and impartiality. Despite this, for the last 30 years the group has been the object of a diffuse and often gratuitous campaign of ridicule and misrepresentation. The authors of this misrepresentation first caricature the group, labelling it a band of Marxist conspiracy theorists, then blame the group for alienating journalists and retarding the cause of media research. This article presents evidence of this misrepresentation and then offers an apologia for the GUMG, in the now archaic sense that to apologize is to defend. It specifically seeks to explode some of the enduring myths that have gathered around the GUMG and its work. This article argues that the GUMG still offers us useful and relevant ways of approaching media culture – ways which have, in fact, brought scholars and journalists closer together.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences
Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences
Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Arts & Media
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Media and Cultural Politics
Publisher: Intellect Ltd
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 17408296
Depositing User: H Kenna
Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2009 12:05
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 16:54
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/1499

Actions (login required)

Edit record (repository staff only)