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Overview

Class and News is a multidisciplinary collection of essays examining how the news media treats or neglects this structure in everyday reporting. Are certain stories are chosen for their appeal to the upper or middle classes? Are stories of interest to lower class readers/viewers avoided? How are issues of social order reported or reflected in stories that aren't about class? This in-depth work will be a valuable resource for students, scholars, and general readers interested in the dynamics of class and news in the United States.
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Editorial Reviews

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Essential.
Political Communication
This book deserves to be read by anyone who cares about classed news and its intersections with race and gender. Its deliberate eclecticism offers a range of methods that might make it especially useful for graduate students formulating their own research agendas and strategies.
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Herbert J. Gans
Class and News is a lively anthology of news media studies which brings class and class bias back into media sociology. Heider's authors demonstrate how much America's news is still produced largely for and about the country's middle classes while ignoring or demonizing those lower in the socio-economic pecking order.
Mass Communication and Society
Heider has brought together some excellent current scholarship explicating the very concept of class in America, how news influences people's ideas about class and what people believe and how they act, the way meaning is constructed in news, and how media operate to create or reinforce social values. No doubt the book will enlighten veteran scholars as well as readers who have not given the subject much attention. This book should be essential reading for students and scholars seriously interested in mass communication and society.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742527133
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/15/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 376
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Don Heider is associate professor of journalism at the University of Texas at Austin.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Media, class, and power : debunking the myth of a classless society 6
2 Choosing sources : how the press perpetuated the myth of the single mother on welfare 25
3 Poor people in the news : images from the journalistic subconscious 44
4 Picturing class : mining the field of front-page photographs for keys to accidental communities of memory 61
5 Class and local TV news 87
6 The social stratification potential of tabloid and highbrow newsmagazine programs 108
7 Constructing a televisual class : newsmagazines and social class 129
8 Calling class : sports announcers and the culture of poverty 150
9 "America is a middle-class nation" : the presentation of class in the pages of life 167
10 Tales told in two cities : when missing girls are(n't) news 199
11 "Trailer park trash" : news, ideology, and depictions of the American underclass 213
12 The emergence of class consciousness in the American newspaper guild 233
13 Writing the workers' World Trade Center : an analysis of reportage on ground zero in the aftermath of September 11, 2001 248
14 UPS strike coverage and the future of labor in corporate news 262
15 Good news from a bad neighbourhood : urban journalism and community assets 283
16 Class and media influence in Australia 305
17 Television civic journalism and the portrayal of class 325
Epilogue 338
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