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The American Professor Pundit

Academics in the World of US Political Media

Palgrave Macmillan
  • Combines academic understanding of politics and media with professional insights on how academics contribute (or can contribute) to political media content

  • Features insight from media industry professionals tasked with creating media coverage of politics, and how academics can best fit into industry expectations

  • Offers academic readers unprecedented insight on how news media think in terms of covering politics, and provides training and advice for academics entering political media work

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Table of contents (8 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction: The Needs of Political News

    • Brian R. Calfano, Valerie Martinez-Ebers, Aida Ramusovic
    Pages 1-30
  3. The Variation in Media Influence

    • Brian R. Calfano, Valerie Martinez-Ebers, Aida Ramusovic
    Pages 31-60
  4. Where Pundits Fit in Political News Coverage

    • Brian R. Calfano, Valerie Martinez-Ebers, Aida Ramusovic
    Pages 61-92
  5. Who Are These Professor Pundits?

    • Brian R. Calfano, Valerie Martinez-Ebers, Aida Ramusovic
    Pages 93-109
  6. The Public’s Views of Professor Punditry

    • Brian R. Calfano, Valerie Martinez-Ebers, Aida Ramusovic
    Pages 111-155
  7. Professor Pundits Engaging with Vulnerable Populations

    • Brian R. Calfano, Valerie Martinez-Ebers, Aida Ramusovic
    Pages 157-175
  8. Professor Punditry, The Performance

    • Brian R. Calfano, Valerie Martinez-Ebers, Aida Ramusovic
    Pages 177-230
  9. Getting “Teched Up”

    • Brian R. Calfano, Valerie Martinez-Ebers, Aida Ramusovic
    Pages 231-259
  10. Back Matter

    Pages 261-266

About this book

This book considers the production of political media content from the perspective of academics who are increasingly asked to join the ranks of voices charged with informing the public. The work draws on the authors’ first-hand experience and relationships with media reporters, managers, producers, and academics offering their expertise to a wide array of media outlets to understand and report on the dynamics shaping how the academic voice in political news may be at its most useful. Featured prominently in the book is the trade-off between a conventional form of political punditry, which is often characterized by partisan rancour, and a more analytical, theoretical, and/or policy-based approach to explaining politics to both general and diverse audiences. Along the way, the work draws on original survey, in-depth interview, and experimental data to garner insights on what academics in media, reporters, and media managers perceive are the appropriate roles for academics featured in political media. This book also contains relevant technical tips for effective media communication by academics.   

Brian R. Calfano is Professor of Political Science and Journalism at the University of Cincinnati, USA. 

Valerie Martinez-Ebers is Distinguished Research Professor of Political Science at the University of North Texas, USA.

Aida Ramusovic is a Doctoral student in Political Science at the University of Cincinnati, USA. 

Keywords

  • Media Politics
  • Political Communication
  • Academia
  • US Political Media
  • Political Analyst
  • American Political Media
  • Media Managers
  • Journalism
  • Mass Media
  • Media Producers
  • Public Policy
  • American Journalism
  • Punditry
  • Pundits
  • Political News
  • Partisanship
  • Academic Professionalism
  • Journalistic Sources
  • Political Science
  • Social Sciences

Authors and Affiliations

  • Department of Political Science, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, USA

    Brian R. Calfano, Aida Ramusovic

  • Department of Political Science, University of North Texas, Denton, USA

    Valerie Martinez-Ebers

About the authors

Brian R. Calfano is Professor of Political Science and Journalism at the University of Cincinnati, USA. In addition to authoring dozens of peer-reviewed publications, he is an award-winning political reporter and analyst for television stations in the US and Canada.

Valerie Martinez-Ebers is Distinguished Research Professor of Political Science at the University of North Texas, USA. In addition to her various appearances across media and dozens of peer-reviewed publications, she is the former editor of The American Political Science Review.

Aida Ramusovic is a Doctoral student in Political Science at the University of Cincinnati, USA. She is a former reporter, anchor, and senior editor at TV Vijesti (a national broadcast network in her native Montenegro).

Bibliographic Information

Buying options

eBook USD 84.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-030-70877-1
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 109.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 149.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)