Journalists, television producers, and other media workers are members of newly powerful occupations, yet no broad study of media workers has until now been attempted. Media Occupations and Professions is the first major attempt to consider a broad range of media occupations and their historical development. This collection of essays confronts numerous occupational controversies and dilemmas: can a valid distinction be made between media 'crafts' and media 'professions'? What are the differences between media moguls, media barons, and media stars? Are media workers becoming not only more powerful, but also more insecure? How predictable are media careers and why do media occupations have such chaotic entry patterns? Media occupations are strongly influenced by national politics and culture; so this book includes pieces about media occupations not only in the USA and UK, but also in Africa, Australia, China, France, Germany, Japan, and Russia.