Deciding What's News: A Study of CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News, Newsweek, and Time (Medill School of Journalism Series: Visions of the American Press) / Edition 1

Deciding What's News: A Study of CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News, Newsweek, and Time (Medill School of Journalism Series: Visions of the American Press) / Edition 1

by Herbert J. Gans
     
 

ISBN-10: 0810122375

ISBN-13: 9780810122376

Pub. Date: 11/28/2004

Publisher: Northwestern University Press

For ten years, Herbert J. Gans spent considerable time in four major television and magazine newsrooms, observing and talking to the journalists who choose the national news stories that inform America about itself. Writing during the golden age of journalism, Gans included such headline events as the War on Poverty, the Vietnam War and the protests against it,

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For ten years, Herbert J. Gans spent considerable time in four major television and magazine newsrooms, observing and talking to the journalists who choose the national news stories that inform America about itself. Writing during the golden age of journalism, Gans included such headline events as the War on Poverty, the Vietnam War and the protests against it, urban ghetto disorders, the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy, and Watergate. He was interested in the values, professional standards, and the external pressures that shaped journalists' judgments.

Deciding What's News has become a classic. A new preface outlines the major changes that have taken place in the news media since Gans first wrote the book, but it also suggests that the basics of news judgment and the structures of news organizations have changed little. Gans's book is still the most comprehensive sociological account of some of the country's most prominent national news media. The book received the 1979 Theatre Library Association Award and the 1980 Book Award of the National Association of Educational Broadcasters. This is the first work to be published under the Medill School of Journalism's "Visions of the American Press" imprint, a new journalism history series featuring both original volumes and reprints of important classics.
 

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810122376
Publisher:
Northwestern University Press
Publication date:
11/28/2004
Series:
Medill School of Journalism Series
Edition description:
2
Pages:
393
Sales rank:
667,301
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables
Preface to the New Edition
Preface
Acknowledgments

Part 1—The News
Introduction 
1. Nation and Society in the News
2. Values in the News

Part 2—The Journalists
Introduction
3. The Organization of Story Selection
4. Sources and Journalists
5. Story Suitability
6. Objectivity, Values, and Ideology
7. Profits and Audiences
8. Pressures, Censorship, and Self-censorship
9. Conclusions: The News and the Journalists

Part 3—News Policy
Introduction
10. Multiperspectival News

Notes
Bibliography
Index

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