Media Power, Media Politics / Edition 2

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Media Power, Media Politics, Second Edition, examines the role and influence of the media in every sphere of American politics. Organized thematically, the book analyzes the relationship between the media and key institutions, political actors, and nongovernmental entities, as well as the role of the new media, media ethics, and foreign policy coverage. Written clearly and concisely by leading scholars in the field, the chapters serve as broad overviews to the issues, while discussion questions and suggestions for further reading encourage deeper inquiry. Updated throughout, the second edition includes expanded coverage of the evolving role of new media, a new chapter on terrorism and the media, and new pedagogical exercises and featured interviews with journalists, bloggers, and media advisers.

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Editorial Reviews

Allison Clark
Media Power, Media Politics provides an excellent overview of the interaction between different governmental figures and the media. It clearly illustrates how the media covers political actors, and also how political actors seek to utilize the media. The well-written chapters are a great foundation for spurring class discussion. Of the three books I assigned for my Mass Media and Government class, this was clearly the favorite!
Alison Dagnes
My students found Media Power, Media Politics easy to read and it gave them the academic foundation with which to base their theoretical understanding of the media. It is an excellent text that does not seem to go out of date quickly.
This anthology would make a useful text or secondary text for media and politics courses, since the essays are generally accessible to undergraduates and treat a nice range of topics. Discussion questions and suggestions for further reading are also included. While accessible, the essays also employ recent scholarship in this burgeoning field.
The chapters cover many standard topics and some less usual and helpful ones such as bureaucracy, media impact, and ethics. The readings are of uniformly high quality. Some mostly summarize well-known findings, while others provide less familiar detailed information (e.g., on problems with coverage of the Supreme Court).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742560680
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/14/2008
  • Edition description: 2nd Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 364
  • Sales rank: 425,895
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark J. Rozell is professor of public policy at George Mason University and the author of four books on media and U.S. politics. Jeremy D. Mayer is associate professor of public policy at George Mason University and director of the Master's of Public Policy program. He is the author of Running on Race: Racial Politics in Presidential Campaigns 1960-2000.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Introduction: Media Power, Media Politics Part 2 The Presidency and News Media Part 3 The Congress and News Media Chapter 5 Interview: The Honorable Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D-SD) Part 6 Press Coverage of the United States Supreme Court Chapter 7 Assignment: Generational Change in Media Consumption Part 8 Civil Rights and Liberties: The Gatekeeping Power of the Media Chapter 9 Interview: Janet Terry, Local News Writer/Producer Part 10 Bureaucracy and the Media Chapter 11 Assignment: media Exposure Survey Part 12 A Little Knowledge is a Dangerous Thing: What We Know About the Role of Media in State Politics Chapter 13 Interview: Brenna Holmes, Online Political Activist/Consultant Part 14 Political Parties and the Media Part 15 Presidential Elections and the Media Chapter 16 Interview: David Marks, Politics Editor of Part 17 The News Meida and Organized Interests in the United States Chapter 18 Assignment: The Political Message of your Favorite Movie Part 19 The Media and Public Opinion Chapter 20 Assignment: Playing Politics on Social Networks Part 20 The New Bully Pulpit: Global Media and Foreign Policy Part 21 The Central Role of Media and Communication in Terrorism and Counterterrorism Chapter 22 Interview: Ed Morrissey, Political Blogger Part 23 The New Media

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