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News Culture is an introduction to the forms, practices, institutions and audiences of journalism. It begins with a historical consideration of the rise of 'objective' reporting in newspaper, radio and televisual journalism. It explores the way news is produced, its textual conventions, and its negotiation by the reader, listener or viewer as part of everyday life. The book also examines the cultural dynamics of sexism and racism as they shape news coverage.

This is a key text for undergraduate and postgraduate students in journalism studies, cultural and media studies, sociology and politics.

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Editorial Reviews

An exploration of the rise and affects of "objective" news reporting on both sides of the Atlantic. The way stories and discourses are framed within organizational contexts and the results of such frames are detailed. How the average reader negotiates the textual conventions of journalism is examined and attention is paid to the cultural dynamics of sexism and racism. Distributed by Taylor & Francis. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780335210732
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/1/2004
  • Series: Issues in Cultural and Media Studies
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Stuart Allan is Professor of Journalism in the Media School, Bournemouth University, UK.

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Table of Contents

Series Editor's Foreword

Introduction: The Culture of News 1

1 News, Power and the Public Sphere 8

The public sphere 10

The creation of public opinion 12

Structuring public debate 15

Filtering propaganda 19

Ownership and control 22

2 The Rise of áObjective' Newspaper Reporting 27

From smoke signals to daily newspapers 28

The emergence of popular journalism 32

Separating áfacts' from ávalues' 37

The toil of ink-stained hacks 40

áObjectivity' as a professional ideal 43

3 The Early Days of Radio and Television News 47

BBC News on the áwireless' 48

The start of radio news in the US 53

The limits of áimpartiality': British television news 58

US television news begins 64

4 Making News, Reporting Truths 70

News values 71

Framing events 74

Routinizing the unexpected 78

A hierarchy of credibility 81

Issues of access 89

5 The Cultural Politics of News Discourse 94

News and hegemony 95

The common sense of newspaper discourse 98

The objectivity of news photographs 105

The language of radio news 110

The textuality of television news 113

áThe obvious facts of the matter' 118

6 News, Audience and Everyday Life 121

Mapping the newspaper audience 122

Sceptical laughter? Reading the tabloids 125

áDecoding' television news 130

The everydayness of news 133

áTechnology-savvy young people' 141

7 The Gendered Realities of Journalis 145

Feminist critiques of objectivity 148

Macho culture of newswork 150

Gender politics of representation 159

(En)gendering violence in the news 164

8 Racial Diversity in the News 171

Constructing áus' and áthem' 172

Reporting law and order 180

áWriting white': ethnic minorities and newswork 188

Denaturalizing racism 191

9 War Reporting 195

Vietnam, the Falklands and the Gulf War 196

The military-media relationship 204

Al-Jazeera and the sanitization of war 207

Blogging the war in Iraq 210

Bearing witness 217

10 Citizen Journalism in Times of Crisis 218

Breaking news 220

Crisis reporting 222

Alternative truths 226

Indymedia, OhmyNews, Wikinews 229

áThe real reality news' 239

Redefining journalism 242

11 áGood Journalism is Popular Culture' 245

Ratings, profits and relevance 251

Celebrities, tabloidization and infotainment 256

Strategies for change 262

Points of departure 269

References 272

Index 306

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