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Justices and Journalists
The Global Perspective


David Taras, Druscilla Scribner, Rachel Spencer, Matthew Ingram, Susan Harada, Christina Holtz-Bacha, Winston Tettey, Stefanus Hendrianto, Bryna Bogoch, Ahran Park, Kyu Ho Youm, Francisca Pou, Eric N. Waltenburg, Gunnar Grendstad, William R. Shaffer, Les Moran, Richard Davis
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  • Date Published: May 2018
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316612637

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  • A key intermediary between courts and the public are the journalists who monitor the actions of justices and report their decisions, pronouncements, and proclivities. Justices and Journalists: The Global Perspective is the first volume of its kind - a comparative analysis of the relationship between supreme courts and the press who cover them. Understanding this relationship is critical in a digital media age when government transparency is increasingly demanded by the public and judicial actions are the subject of press and public scrutiny. Richard Davis and David Taras take a comparative look at how justices in countries around the world relate to the media, the interactive points between the courts and the press, the roles of television and the digital media, and the future of the relationship.

    • Offers a comparative perspective on court-press relationships through common threads across chapters
    • Introduces original work on court-press relations in many systems where such research has been scant or non-existent
    • Spurs new study of comparative judicial communication by raising questions about the role of system context in the development of the interaction between courts and the press
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    • Date Published: May 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316612637
    • dimensions: 230 x 153 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.5kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction. Judges and journalists and the spaces in-between David Taras
    1. Judicial communication: (re)constructing legitimacy in Argentina Druscilla Scribner
    2. The Australian High Court, speaking for itself, but not tweeting Rachel Spencer
    3. Uncommon transparency: the Supreme Court, media relations, and public opinion in Brazil Matthew Ingram
    4. The 'uncomfortable embrace': the Supreme Court and the media in Canada Susan Harada
    5. Germany: the Federal Constitutional Court and the media Christina Holtz-Bacha
    6. The Supreme Court and media in Ghana's Fourth Republic: an analysis of rulings and interactions between two estates of the realm Winston Tettey
    7. The puzzle of judicial communication in Indonesia: the media, the court, and the Chief Justice Stefanus Hendrianto
    8. Carping, criticizing, and circumventing: judges, the Supreme Court, and the media in Israel Bryna Bogoch
    9. Judicial communication in South Korea: moving toward a more open system? Ahran Park and Kyu Ho Youm
    10. Changing the channel: broadcasting deliberations in the Mexican Supreme Court Francisca Pou
    11. Norway: managed openness and transparency Eric N. Waltenburg, Gunnar Grendstad and William R. Shaffer
    12. Judicial institutional change and court communication innovations: the case of the UK Supreme Court Les Moran
    13. Symbiosis: the US Supreme Court and the journalists who cover it Richard Davis
    Conclusion Richard Davis.

  • Editors

    Richard Davis, Brigham Young University, Utah
    Richard Davis has written extensively on political communication. He is author of Justices and Journalists (2011), Typing Politics (2009) and The Web of Politics (1999), and co-author of New Media and American Politics (with Diana Owen, 1998). He has edited Covering the Court in the Digital Age (2011), and has also co-edited Making a Difference: A Comparative View of the Role of the Internet in Election Politics (with Diana Owen, David Taras and Stephen Ward, 2008) and Twitter and Elections around the World: Campaigning in 140 Characters or Less (Christina Holtz-Bacha and Marion Just, 2016).

    David Taras, Mount Royal University
    David Taras' most recent publications include Digital Mosaic; Media, Power and Identity in Canada (2015) and The Last Word: Media Coverage of the Supreme Court of Canada (with Florian Sauvageau and David Schneiderman, 2006). He is a former president of the Canadian Communication Association.


    David Taras, Druscilla Scribner, Rachel Spencer, Matthew Ingram, Susan Harada, Christina Holtz-Bacha, Winston Tettey, Stefanus Hendrianto, Bryna Bogoch, Ahran Park, Kyu Ho Youm, Francisca Pou, Eric N. Waltenburg, Gunnar Grendstad, William R. Shaffer, Les Moran, Richard Davis

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