Politics Of News: News Politics 2e / Edition 2

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Citizens rely upon mass media as their principal sources of information on government and politics, but who decides what is reported and how? The selection of stories to be covered on the nightly news or in the morning newspaper, along with the content and framing of those stories, are subject to daily struggles between journalists, politicians, and others who seek to influence public opinion and public policy.

Written by a distinguished group of authors that includes Walter Cronkite, Kathleen Hall Jamieson, and Kathleen Frankovic, this book explores who should, and who does, influence press coverage of politics in democratic countries. It considers how the media operate as an intermediary for communications between governments and citizens, between various political actors, and even among citizens.

This new book is indispensable for students of politics and government and for every reader interested in learning more about how news is made, where the problems and tensions lie, and how they can be corrected.

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Who influences press coverage of the public policy agenda in democratic political systems? Should journalists be impartial observers or advocates who participate in the political game? Twelve contributions address these questions by looking at the ways in which the media operate as an intermediary between government and citizens, between political actors, and among citizens. Topics include the public journalism movement and the global impact of new technologies. Paper edition (unseen), $27.95. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780872894068
  • Publisher: Congressional Quarterly, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/11/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 277
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Political Communication in a Democracy 1
1 Political Roles of the Journalist 17
2 Transition and Democratization: The Role of Journalists in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union 33
3 Reporting Presidential Campaigns: A Journalist's View 57
4 Government News Management 70
5 The News Shapers: Strategic Communication as a Third Force in News Making 94
6 The Role of the Press in the Health Care Reform Debate of 1993-1994 110
7 The Public Journalism Movement and Its Problems 132
8 Public Opinion and Polling 150
9 Market Research and the Audience for Political News 171
10 Media Concentration, Economics, and Regulation 193
11 The Media and Public Policy 218
12 The Global Impact of New Technologies 238
Conclusion: Challenges for Public Policy 251
Index 259
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