the Fourth Estate


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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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The National Press Club has been giving the Fourth Estate Award since 1973.
It might seem at face value that the most powerful institution in Britain is, indeed, the Fourth Estate.
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 Royal Office of the Fourth Estate and Public Information put out a release saying, "Monsieur de Voltaire is clever indeed, but we are not amused by his musings.
King recently joined the fourth estate with his purchase of the Ohio-based Call & Post newspapers, a financially troubled black newspaper chain that he's intent on reviving.
It seems that most of the Native writers, editors and photographers I've conversed with are motivated not just by the ideals espoused by mainstream journalism--truth, fairness, guardians of the fourth estate, the watchdogs of government--but also by a sense of justice and mission.
If the three key factors in moving real estate are (as the wise guys tell us) "location, location, location," let the fourth estate now pay attention: What the reporter presents to the reader is a thick-headed guy with gray hair.
The Fourth Estate (Jeffrey Archer, Harper Collins pounds 5.
In a message on the eve of the Bahrain Press Day, he paid tribute to the fourth estate, hailing its long-standing honourable patriotic role in defending the homeland and protecting achievements.
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.
The crow bars of the Fourth Estate must indeed have been well used.
To us, that is the most important job of the fourth estate.
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.
AFTER suffering grievously in recent weeks following attacks from my friends in the Fourth Estate for "cooking" up certain of his reports for television, my pal Roger Cook is to fight back.