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Module Reading List

TV Documentary Journalism, 2019/20, Semester 1
Dr David Lee
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Kilborn, Richard & Izod, John (1997) ‘Mapping out the terrain’. In An introduction to television documentary : confronting reality ISBN: 0719048923 (cased); 0719048931 (pbk) : £12.99, pp. 3-26, Manchester: Manchester University Press.  

Andrejevic, M. (2003). Reality TV : the work of being watched ISBN: 0742527484 (pbk. : alk. paper); 0742527476. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.  

Aslama, M., & Pantti, M. (2006). Talking alone: reality TV, emotions and authenticity. European Journal of Cultural Studies ISSN: 1367-5494, 9(2), 167.  

Aston, J., & Gaudenzi, S. (2012). Interactive documentary: setting the field. Studies in documentary film. ISSN: 1750-3280, 6(2), 125-139.

Baker, S., & Hesmondhalgh, D. (2013). Creative labour: Media work in three cultural industries. Routledge.     

Barnouw, E. (1993). Documentary: a history of the non-fiction film. Oxford University Press, USA.  

BBC Producer Guidelines (see BBC website):

Bernard, Sheila (2004) Documentary storytelling for film and videomakers ISBN: 0240805399 (pbk. : acid-free paper). Focal Press.

Biressi, A., & Nunn, H. (2005). Reality TV : realism and revelation ISBN: 1904764045. Wallflower Press.   

Bolton, R. (1990). Death on the Rock : and other stories ISBN: 1852271639. WH Allen/Virgin Books.   

Bonner, F., & McKay, S. (2007). ‘Personalizing current affairs without becoming tabloid: The case of Australian Story’. Journalism. ISSN: 1464-8849, 8(6), 640.  

Boyle, R. (2008). From Troubleshooter to The Apprentice: the changing face of business on British television. Media, culture & society. ISSN: 0163-4437, 30(3), 415.  

Butchart, G. C. (2006). On Ethics and Documentary: A Real and Actual Truth. Communication theory : a journal of the International Communication Association. ISSN: 1050-3293, 16(4), 427-452.   

Butsch, R. (2006). Reality TV: Audiences and popular factual television. Journal of communication. ISSN: 0021-9916, 56(1), 226-228.  

Chapman, J. (2007). Documentary in practice : filmmakers and production choices ISBN: 9780745636122 (pbk.); 9780745636115 (hbk.); 074563611X (hbk.); 0745636128 (pbk.). Polity.     

Chapman, J. (2009). Issues in contemporary documentary ISBN: 9780745640105 paperback.; 9780745640099 hardback.; 0745640095 hardback.; 0745640109 paperback.. Polity.     

Collins, S. (2008). Making the Most out of 15 Minutes: Reality TV's Dispensable Celebrity. Television & New Media ISSN: 1527-4764, 9(2), 87.  

Corner, J. (1996). The art of record : a critical introduction to documentary ISBN: 0719046866; 0719046874 (pbk,) : £12.99. Manchester University Press      

Corner, J., & Hill, A. (2006). Value, form and viewing in current affairs television: Tonight with Trevor McDonald. Journal of British cinema and television. ISSN: 1743-4521; 1755-1714, 3(1), 34-46.   

Curran, J. (1997). ‘Television journalism: theory and practice. The case of Newsnight’, in P. Holland, The Television Handbook. London: Routledge.  

Dahlgren, P., & Sparks, C. (1993). Communication and citizenship: journalism and the public sphere. London: Routledge.      

De Burgh, H. (Ed.). (2008). Investigative journalism : context and practice ISBN: 0415190541 (pbk. : alk. paper); 0415190533. London: Routledge.      

D'sa, B. (2005). Social Studies in the Dark: Using Docudramas to Teach History. Social studies. ISSN: 0037-7996, 96(1), 9–13.  

Ellis, J. (2005). ‘Documentary and truth on television: The crisis of 1999’, in Rosenthal (ed.) New Challenges for Documentary, pp. 342–60.     Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

Ellis, J. (2011). Documentary : witness and self-revelation ISBN: 9780415574198 (pbk. : alk. paper); 9780415574181 (hardback : alk. paper); 9780203808467 (e-book). Routledge.

Ellis, J. C., & McLane, B. A. (2005). A new history of documentary film. Continuum International Publishing Group.   

Galloway, D., McAlpine, K. B., & Harris, P. (2007). From Michael Moore to JFK Reloaded: Towards a working model of interactive documentary. Journal of media practice. ISSN: 1468-2753, 8(3), 325-339.

Gaudenzi, S. (2013). The Living Documentary: from representing reality to co-creating reality in digital interactive documentary (Doctoral dissertation, Goldsmiths, University of London). Available online at

Grant, M. R. (1992). Gibraltar killings: British media ethics. Journal of mass media ethics. ISSN: 0890-0523, 7(1), 31-40.  

Hampe, Barry (2007) Making Documentary Films. Holt.

Harry, J. C. (2008). Cheaters:" Real" Reality Television as Melodramatic Parody. Journal of Communication Inquiry ISSN: 0196-8599, 32(3), 230.  

Hart, Colin (1999) Television program making : everything you need to know to get started ISBN: 0240515242 (pbk.). Focal Press.

Hawkins, G. (2001). The ethics of television. International journal of cultural studies. ISSN: 1367-8779, 4(4), 412.  

Hesmondhalgh, D., & Baker, S. (2008). Creative work and emotional labour in the television industry. Theory, culture & society. ISSN: 0263-276425(7-8), 97-118.

Hill, A. (2005a). Reality TV: Audiences and popular factual television. Routledge.  

Hill, A. (2005b). Reality TV: performance, authenticity, and television audiences. A Companion to Television.   

Hill, A. (2007). Restyling factual TV: Audiences and news, documentary and reality genres. London: Routledge.      

Holland, P. (2001). Authority and authenticity: Redefining television current affairs. In M. Bromley (Ed.), No news is bad news : radio, television, and the public ISBN: 058241833X. London: Pearson Education.   

Holland, P. (2006). The angry buzz. London: I.B.Tauris.      

Holland, Patricia (1997) The Television Handbook. Routledge.

Kilborn, R. W. (2003). Staging the real : factual TV programming in the age of Big Brother ISBN: 0719056829 (pbk); 0719056810. Manchester Univ Press.     

Kilborn, R. W., & Izod, J. (1997). An introduction to television documentary : confronting reality ISBN: 0719048923 (cased); 0719048931 (pbk) : £12.99. Manchester Univ Press.     

Kilborn, Richard & Izod, John (1997) ‘How do they do it?’ in An introduction to television documentary : confronting reality ISBN: 0719048923 (cased); 0719048931 (pbk) : £12.99, Manchester University Press, pp. 190-214.

King, G. (2005). The Spectacle of the Real: From Hollywood to 'reality' TV and Beyond. Intellect Ltd.  

Kochberg, Searle (ed) (2002) Introduction to documentary production : a guide for media students ISBN: 190336437X (pbk.) : £15.99; 1903364469. Wallflower.

Lee, D. (2011). Networks, cultural capital and creative labour in the British independent television industry. Media, culture & society. ISSN: 0163-443733(4), 549-565.     

Lee, D. (2012). The ethics of insecurity: risk, individualization and value in British independent television production. Television & New Media ISSN: 1527-476413(6), 480-497.     

Lindley, R. (2002). Panorama : fifty years of pride and paranoia ISBN: 1842750461 London: Politicos.  

Macdonald, K. and Cousins, M. (1998) Imagining reality : the Faber book of documentary ISBN: 0571192025 (pbk). London: Faber.     

MacDonald, M. (2000). Rethinking personalization in current affairs journalism. In C. Sparks & J. Tulloch (Eds.), Tabloid tales: global debates over media standards (pp. 251-266). London: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.   

Peter Goddard, John Corner and Kay Richardson (2007), Public issue television : world in action, 1963-98 ISBN: 9780719062551 (hbk.) : £50.00; 0719062551 (hbk.) : £50.00; 9780719062568 (pbk.) : £15.00; 071906256X (pbk.) : £15.00. Manchester: Manchester University Press.     

Nash, K. (2014). Clicking on the world: documentary representation and interactivity. In New Documentary Ecologies (pp. 50-66). Palgrave Macmillan, London.     

Nash, K., & Corner, J. (2016). Strategic impact documentary: Contexts of production and social intervention. European journal of communication. ISSN: 0267-323131(3), 227-242.     

Nash, K., Hight, C., & Summerhayes, C. (Eds.). (2014). New Documentary Ecologies: Emerging Platforms, Practices and Discourses. Springer.     

Nichols, B. (1991). Representing reality : issues and concepts in documentary ISBN: 0253206812 (pbk); 0253340608. Indiana University Press.      

Nichols, B. (2001). Introduction to documentary. Indiana University Press.      

Paget, D. (1998). No other way to tell it : dramadoc/docudrama on television ISBN: 0719045339 (pbk ; cased) : £9.99; 0719045320. Manchester Univ Press.     

Paulu, B. (1981). Television and radio in the United Kingdom ISBN: 0333293460 : £25.00. University of Minnesota Press

Pearson, R. E., & Simpson, P. (2001). Critical dictionary of film and television theory ISBN: 0415162181. Taylor & Francis.  

Pilger, J. (2004). Tell me no lies : investigative journalism and its triumphs ISBN: 0099437457 (pbk.) : £8.99. London: Cape.      

Pryluck, C. (1976). Ultimately We Are All Outsiders: The Ethics of Documentary Filming. Journal of the University Film Association ISSN: 0041-9311.  

Rabiger, Michael (1998) Developing Story Ideas. Focal Press

Rabiger, Michael (2004) Directing the Documentary. Focal Press.

Roscoe, J., & Hight, C. (2001). Faking it : mock-documentary and the subversion of factuality ISBN: 0719056411 (pbk. ; cased) : £14.99; 0719056403. Manchester University Press.      

Rosenthal, A. (1980). The documentary conscience : a casebook in film making ISBN: 0520039327. University of California Press.   

Rosenthal, A. (1994). Writing docudrama : dramatizing reality for film and TV ISBN: 0240801954. Focal Press.  

Rosenthal, A. (1999). Why docudrama? : fact-fiction on film and TV ISBN: 0809321874 (pbk. : alk. paper ; cloth : alk. paper); 0809321866. Southern Illinois University Press.      

Rosenthal, A., & Corner, J. (2005). New challenges for documentary. Manchester University Press.      

Rosenthal, Alan (2007) Writing, directing, and producing documentary films and videos ISBN: 9780809327423 (pbk. : alk. paper); 0809327422 (pbk. : alk. paper). Carbondale.

Ruby, J. (1988a). The ethics of imagemaking: or,‘‘They’re going to put me in the movies. They’re going to make a big star out of me’’. New challenges for documentary, 308–319.  

Ruby, J. (1988b). The image mirrored: Reflexivity and the documentary film. New challenges for documentary, 64-77.  

Sørensen, I. E. (2012). Crowdsourcing and outsourcing: the impact of online funding and distribution on the documentary film industry in the UK. Media, culture & society. ISSN: 0163-443734(6), 726-743.     

Sørensen, I. E. (2014). Channels as content curators: Multiplatform strategies for documentary film and factual content in British public service broadcasting. European journal of communication. ISSN: 0267-323129(1), 34-49.  

Thumim, N. (2012). Self-representation and digital culture. Springer.  

Turner, G. (2005). Ending the affair : the decline of television current affairs in Australia ISBN: 0868408646. New South Wales Univ Press  

Winston, B. (2000). Lies, damn lies and documentaries ISBN: 0851707971 (pbk.) : £14.99; 0851707963. British Film Institute.      

Winston, B., Collie, I., Thomas, S., & Johnson, D. (2002). Documentary Ethics Debate', Australian Film, Television and Radio School.   

This list was last updated on 24/09/2018