Objectivity as Strategic Ritual: An Examination of Newsmen's Notions of Objectivity

@article{Tuchman1972ObjectivityAS,
  title={Objectivity as Strategic Ritual: An Examination of Newsmen's Notions of Objectivity},
  author={Gaye Tuchman},
  journal={American Journal of Sociology},
  year={1972},
  volume={77},
  pages={660 - 679}
}
  • Gaye Tuchman
  • Published 1 January 1972
  • Sociology
  • American Journal of Sociology
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