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News Around the World: Content, Practitioners, and the Public / Edition 1
     

News Around the World: Content, Practitioners, and the Public / Edition 1

by Pamela J. Shoemaker
 

ISBN-10: 0415975069

ISBN-13: 9780415975063

Pub. Date: 12/20/2005

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

What's news? A front-page news story in the United States might not appear in a newspaper in China. Or a minor story on German television may be all over the airwaves in India. But News Around the World shows that the underlying nature of news is much the same the world over and that people—no matter what their jobs or their status in society—tend

Overview

What's news? A front-page news story in the United States might not appear in a newspaper in China. Or a minor story on German television may be all over the airwaves in India. But News Around the World shows that the underlying nature of news is much the same the world over and that people—no matter what their jobs or their status in society—tend to hold similar notions of newsworthiness.

In this richly detailed study of international news, news makers and the audience, the authors have undertaken exhaustive original research within two cities—one major and one peripheral—in each of ten countries: Australia, Chile, China, Germany, India, Israel, Jordan, Russia, South Africa, and the United States. The nations were selected for study based on a central principle of maximizing variation in geographic locations, economic and political systems, languages, sizes, and cultures. The remarkable scope of the research makes this the most comprehensive analysis of newsworthiness around the globe:

  • 10 countries studied, each with a university country director
  • 2 cities in each country examined, one major and one peripheral
  • 60 news media studied (newspapers, television, and radio news programs), resulting in 32,000+ news items analyzed
  • 80 focus groups with journalists, public relations practitioners, and audience members
  • 2,400 newspaper stories ranked according to newsworthiness and compared with how prominently they were published.

News Around the World provides remarkable insight into how and why news stories are reported, testing and improving a theory of cross-cultural newsworthiness and is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand international media and journalism.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415975063
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
12/20/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
424
Sales rank:
1,168,094
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.86(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsvii
Part 1Theory and Method1
1Introduction3
2Evolution and News7
3Methodology23
Part 2Data Analyses across the Countries35
4Topics in the News37
5Deviance in the News49
6Social Significance in the News65
7The Perception of Newsworthiness83
Part 3Country-by-Country Analyses91
8What's News in Australia?93
9What's News in Chile?119
10What's News in China?141
11What's News in Germany?165
12What's News in India?189
13What's News in Israel?215
14What's News in Jordan?239
15What's News in Russia?259
16What's News in South Africa?283
17What's News in the United States?309
Part 4Conclusions and Appendices333
18What's News? Theory Revised335
Appendix AContent Analysis Codebook355
Appendix BDistributions of Deviance Intensity Scores for the Ten Countries367
Appendix CDistributions of Social Significance Intensity Scores for the Ten Countries371
Endnotes375
References377
About the Contributors383
Index389

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