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Michael Schudson

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Michael Schudson is Professor of Journalism at Columbia Journalism School, Columbia University and Emeritus Distinguished Professor, University of California, San Diego. He received his Ph.D. in sociology at Harvard.  

He writes on the history and sociology of the news media, the U.S. in particular as well as studies of cultural memory  (Watergate in American Memory 1992), the emergence of transparency as an ideal in public policy (The Rise of the Right to Know, 2015), the evolution of American political culture (The Good Citizen: A History of American Civic Life) and many works on journalism (Discovering the News, 1978; The Sociology of News, 2003, 2011; The Power of News, 1995; Why Democracies Need an Unlovable Press, 2008; Why Journalism Still Matters, 2018). He is currently working on a book that reconsiders "objectivity" and competing other ideals as guides to the practice of journalism today.