The News (Groundwork Guides Series)

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Over the past 20 years, the news media has become more restricted, less diverse, and of lower quality. Fewer owners and managers control editorial policies and thousands of journalists have been sacked. However, outside the West, rising levels of literacy and education have fostered vastly increased newspaper circulations, and the Internet has brought a much broader world to some restricted societies. The News gives an inside view of who owns news venues, recent developments in television and radio news, ...
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Over the past 20 years, the news media has become more restricted, less diverse, and of lower quality. Fewer owners and managers control editorial policies and thousands of journalists have been sacked. However, outside the West, rising levels of literacy and education have fostered vastly increased newspaper circulations, and the Internet has brought a much broader world to some restricted societies. The News gives an inside view of who owns news venues, recent developments in television and radio news, and the ongoing newspaper crisis.
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Children's Literature - Lynn O'Connell
Recent developments in the news media industry and related key issues, including access to news, freedom of the press, and the ongoing newspaper crisis, are the focus of this nonfiction book. Author Steven contends that news media have become more restrictive and less diverse since the early 1990s, while the quality has steadily declined. Meanwhile, Steven explains that Asia is a direct opposite of the United States with better news, more diverse news, and increased newspaper circulation. In fact, Germany, India and Japan all have seen increased newspaper circulation over the past year. And, of course, the Internet has helped give much of the world greater access to news. Radio remains the most influential news media (e.g., BBC and Voice of America), because it is the medium available to poorer populations. Steven devotes some coverage to issues involving women and the media. For example, he specifically highlights five women investigative journalists and their backgrounds as well as the attacks many Muslim women reporters have faced. Steven does an excellent job introducing industry terms such as professional journalism, neutrality, objectivity, unbiased reporting, opinion and truth. This book would be a good choice for individual student book reports or to introduce a whole class to a discussion about the media and current issues. It is part of the "Groundwork Guide" series. Reviewer: Lynn O'Connell
VOYA - Lucy Schall
Written by recognized professionals in their fields, the books in the Groundwork Guides series present a definite point of view, usually anti-establishment, on social and political topics of international interest. The News defines "news" and classifies types of stories, and emphasizes the teller's power. Stevens warns that huge news conglomerates focused on profit restrict story selection, muzzle reporters, increasingly manipulate populations, and produce "cultural imperialism" now being resisted by large non-western networks like Al-Jazeera. Independent, unfiltered, and, often, unchecked news sources, fueled by Internet access or presented by low-tech information tools, struggle to present independent perceptions of local and international issues, and threaten to upend the present news monopoly. Stevens claims that world poverty makes radio the dominant news source, especially for uneducated populations, and that our complicated world, expense, time restraints, and growing danger have practically extinguished investigative reporting. The volume includes highlighted support information and examples within the text, and extensive resources for further reference that support the author's viewpoint. Even though Steven addresses changing news formats, his suggested references are primarily print. His few Web sources appear in the source notes, and suggest innovation exists almost exclusively in smaller organizations little-known in the United States. It will promote lively discussion, but readers should pursue other sources presenting conflicting points of view. Reviewer: Lucy Schall
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780888998231
  • Publisher: Groundwood Books
  • Publication date: 5/18/2010
  • Series: Groundwork Guides Series
  • Pages: 144
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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