Mass Media and American Politics, 8th Edition / Edition 8

Mass Media and American Politics, 8th Edition / Edition 8

by Doris A Graber
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1604264608

ISBN-13: 9781604264609

Pub. Date: 08/13/2009

Publisher: Congressional Quarterly, Inc

In this latest edition of a highly praised book, Graber covers a broad range of subjects with three focal points: the mass media and their place in the public and private sectors; the media and their impact on individuals' attitudes and perceptions; and media coverage of governmental institutions and political situations.

Cyberspace and other technological

Overview

In this latest edition of a highly praised book, Graber covers a broad range of subjects with three focal points: the mass media and their place in the public and private sectors; the media and their impact on individuals' attitudes and perceptions; and media coverage of governmental institutions and political situations.

Cyberspace and other technological developments are bringing the worlds of mass media and government closer together. Understanding how mass media and American government impact each other requires an understanding of their functions and structures.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781604264609
Publisher:
Congressional Quarterly, Inc
Publication date:
08/13/2009
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
435
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Tables, Figures, and Boxesxi
Prefacexv
Chapter 1Media Power and Government Control1
Political Importance of Mass Media2
Functions of Mass Media6
Effects of Mass Media13
Who Should Control News Making?18
Models of the News-Making Process24
Summary29
Chapter 2Ownership, Regulation, and Guidance of Media33
Control and Ownership: Public and Semipublic34
Patterns of Private Ownership38
Government Regulation of the Media48
Summary55
Chapter 3Press Freedom and the Law59
Access to the Media60
Access to Information68
Individual Rights Versus the Public's Right to Know76
Summary87
Chapter 4News Making and News Reporting Routines92
Profile Sketch of American Journalists93
Gatekeeping99
Effects of Gatekeeping117
Appraising the News-Making Process127
Summary130
Chapter 5Reporting Extraordinary Events137
Four Crises138
Media Responses and Roles140
Covering Pseudo-Crises154
Summary155
Chapter 6The Media as Policymakers159
The Ethics of Melding Political Activism with Journalism160
Manipulative Journalism in Perspective161
Muckraking Models162
Beyond Muckraking: Journalists as Political Actors171
Agenda Building175
Documentaries and Docudramas184
Methods: Fair and Foul186
Summary189
Chapter 7Media Impact on Attitudes and Behavior195
Differential Effects of Print and Broadcast News196
The Role of Media in Political Socialization198
Patterns in Socialization201
Choosing Media Stories203
Learning Processes207
Learning Effects: Knowledge and Attitudes210
Learning Effects: Behavior219
Summary225
Chapter 8Elections in the Internet Age235
The State of Research236
The Consequences of Media Politics237
Media Content248
Media Effects259
Summary265
Chapter 9The Struggle for Control: News from the Presidency and Congress271
The Adversarial Relationship272
The Media and the Executive Branch276
The Media and Congress294
Summary304
Chapter 10Covering the Justice System and State and Local News310
The Media and the Courts310
Covering State and Local Affairs320
The Contents of Subnational News327
Summary336
Chapter 11Foreign Affairs Coverage342
The Foreign News Niche343
Making Foreign News344
Appraising Foreign News Making369
Exporting News370
Summary373
Chapter 12Trends in Media Policy381
Dissatisfaction with the Media382
The Impact of New Technologies388
The Shape of the Future403
Summary408
Index413

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