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the Fourth Estate

The people and organizations that report the news, or news journalism as a whole, regarded as having palpable but unofficial political influence. One must never forget the sway held by members of the Fourth Estate—if we want public support, then we need the press on our side.
See also: estate, fourth

the fourth estate

the press; the profession of journalism.
The three traditional Estates of the Realm (the Crown, the House of Lords, and the House of Commons) are now viewed as having been joined by the press, which is regarded as having equal power. As early as 1843 Lord Macaulay stated: ‘The gallery in which the reporters sit has become a fourth estate of the realm’.
See also: estate, fourth
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Contact: Jodi Schneider, chair, Fourth Estate Dinner committee Jschneider50@bloomberg.
Members of the Fourth Estate are now themselves vulnerable to abuse, which means that the ultimate "power without responsibility" lies with those who contribute to blogs and internet forums.
If an informed citizenry is the basis for a democratic society, if student acquisition of information competencies is a basic outcome required of higher education, and if news media play a central role in the transmission of information to the general public, then librarians have an ethical obligation to intervene assertively in this aspect of the education of the next generation of the Fourth Estate.
The Escape Artist by Matt Seaton, published by Fourth Estate at pounds 14.
The Fourth Estate Award has been presented annually by The American Legion since 1958 for outstanding achievement in journalism.
We are happy to celebrate Bahrain Press Day, which ushers in a new chapter of the national press", HRH the Premier said, hailing the crucial contribution of the fourth estate in cultivating a refined and sober thought.
He described the fourth estate as a safeguard in defending Bahrain against the challenges which are endangering present and future generations.
WASHINGTON, May 15, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Charlie Rose, acclaimed broadcast journalist and interviewer, will accept the National Press Club's most-honored prize, the Fourth Estate Award, at a gala dinner on September 13 in Washington, D.
It puts the 40-year-old fiction-writing lawyer and little Myrmidon Books up there among the big boys (and girls) with Faber & Faber, Bloomsbury and Fourth Estate - long-established publishers with a prominent bookshop presence and a glittering track record.
To what group does the expression the fourth estate refer?
Written for general audiences, this book concentrates on the "golden era" of newspapers before the Internet and cable television and how high standards of responsible journalism were maintained according to the ideals of the Fourth Estate.
To us, that is the most important job of the fourth estate.
According to Publishing News, Cheetham will chair the company and Smith will be chief executive officer and managing director, with Christopher Potter, previously Fourth Estate publisher in both London and New York, taking a seat on the editorial board.
Jim's final line to the gentlemen of the Fourth Estate was: 'I don't want to read me slaughtering the ref in tomorrow's papers.
Not just the investors, whom, had they had the whit to read his autobiography would never have invested money in him in the first place, but more broadly to those of us who believe in the fourth estate.