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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With the rise of network television and its vast audience, the fourth estate reached apogee in the 1960s and 1970s, playing lead roles in elevating JFK and breaking Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon.
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.
Birmingham, the editor and publisher of The Fourth Estate journalism trade publication, paused in what he called "these days of rush and hurry" to contemplate the course the profession might take during the then-new 20th century.
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.
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.
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.
The Fourth Estate (Jeffrey Archer, Harper Collins pounds 5.
The press is the Fourth Estate, with the first three Estates referring to the executive, legislative and judicial branches of the government.
In a keynote message on the World Press Freedom Day, which falls on May 3, HRH the Premier paid tribute to the fourth estate and the media which, he said, elevates society, supports development, enlightens minds, elicits creativity and innovation promotes social cohesion and consolidates national security and stability.
King Hamad thanked the Minister of Information and Parliament Affairs Eisa Al Hammadi and the press community for the initiative, hailing the role played by the fourth estate since the early 1930s, Bahrain News Agency (BNA) reported.
The King thanked the minister and the Press community for the good initiative, hailing the long-standing role of the Fourth Estate since early 1930s.
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.