Democracy and the News

  • Filename: democracy-and-the-news.
  • ISBN: 0195173279
  • Release Date: 2004-04-01
  • Number of pages: 168
  • Author: Herbert J. Gans
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

American democracy was founded on the belief that ultimate power rests in an informed citizenry. But that belief appears naive in an era when private corporations manipulate public policy and the individual citizen is dwarfed by agencies, special interest groups, and other organizations that have a firm grasp on real political and economic power. In Democracy and the News, one of America's most astute social critics explores the crucial link between a weakened news media and weakened democracy. Building on his 1979 classic media critique Deciding What's News, Herbert Gans shows how, with the advent of cable news networks, the internet, and a proliferation of other sources, the role of contemporary journalists has shrunk, as the audience for news moves away from major print and electronic media to smaller and smaller outlets. Gans argues that journalism also suffers from assembly-line modes of production, with the major product being publicity for the president and other top political officials, the very people citizens most distrust. In such an environment, investigative journalism--which could offer citizens the information they need to make intelligent critical choices on a range of difficult issues--cannot flourish. But Gans offers incisive suggestions about what the news media can do to recapture its role in American society and what political and economic changes might move us closer to a true citizen's democracy. Touching on questions of critical national importance, Democracy and the News sheds new light on the vital importance of a healthy news media for a healthy democracy.

Deliberation Democracy and the Media

  • Filename: deliberation-democracy-and-the-media.
  • ISBN: 0847698114
  • Release Date: 2000-01-01
  • Number of pages: 243
  • Author: Simone Chambers
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

Is deliberative democracy the ideal goal of free speech? How do social movement organizations, activists, and political candidates use the media to frame their discourse? What responsibilities does the media have in maintaining or promoting democracy? In this broadly interdisciplinary volume, top scholars in communication, political science, sociology, law, and philosophy offer new perspectives on these and other intersections within democratic discourse and media. Interweaving elements of social, political, and communication theory, they take on First Amendment and legal issues, privacy rights, media effects and agenda setting, publicity, multiculturalism, gender issues, universalism and global culture, and the rhetoric of the body, among other topics. This unique book provides a foundation for evaluating the current state of democratic discourse and will be of interest to students and scholars of deliberative democracy across the social sciences.

Democracy and the Paradoxes of News Media Watergate and Iran Contra

  • Filename: democracy-and-the-paradoxes-of-news-media-watergate-and-iran-contra.
  • ISBN: 1109232861
  • Release Date: 2009
  • Number of pages: 177
  • Author: Gunnar J. Haga
  • Publisher: ProQuest

The analysis of media portrayals of the two political scandals centers on study of transcriptions by the major television networks, ABC, NBC, and CBS. Television coverage is examined from the breaking story to the first Congressional hearing associated with each scandal.

Democracy and the Media

  • Filename: democracy-and-the-media.
  • ISBN: 0521777437
  • Release Date: 2000-08-28
  • Number of pages: 496
  • Author: Richard Gunther
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press

A unique perspective on the relationship between politics and the media in various political regimes.

Losing the News

  • Filename: losing-the-news.
  • ISBN: 0199740984
  • Release Date: 2009-09-02
  • Number of pages: 256
  • Author: Alex Jones
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

In Losing the News, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Alex S. Jones offers a probing look at the epochal changes sweeping the media, changes which are eroding the core news that has been the essential food supply of our democracy. At a time of dazzling technological innovation, Jones says that what stands to be lost is the fact-based reporting that serves as a watchdog over government, holds the powerful accountable, and gives citizens what they need. In a tumultuous new media era, with cutthroat competition and panic over profits, the commitment of the traditional news media to serious news is fading. Indeed, as digital technology shatters the old economic model, the news media is making a painful passage that is taking a toll on journalistic values and standards. Journalistic objectivity and ethics are under assault, as is the bastion of the First Amendment. Jones characterizes himself not as a pessimist about news, but a realist. The breathtaking possibilities that the web offers are undeniable, but at what cost? Pundits and talk show hosts have persuaded Americans that the crisis in news is bias and partisanship. Not so, says Jones. The real crisis is the erosion of the iron core of news, something that hurts Republicans and Democrats alike. Losing the News depicts an unsettling situation in which the American birthright of fact-based, reported news is in danger. But it is also a call to arms to fight to keep the core of news intact. Praise for the hardcover: "Thoughtful." --New York Times Book Review "An impassioned call to action to preserve the best of traditional newspaper journalism." --The San Francisco Chronicle "Must reading for all Americans who care about our country's present and future. Analysis, commentary, scholarship and excellent writing, with a strong, easy-to-follow narrative about why you should care, makes this a candidate for one of the best books of the year." --Dan Rather

The Politics of News The News of Politics

  • Filename: the-politics-of-news-the-news-of-politics.
  • ISBN: STANFORD:36105124051801
  • Release Date: 2008
  • Number of pages: 294
  • Author: Doris Doris Appel Graber
  • Publisher: C Q Press College

Books on journalists typically focus on the dynamics of the newsmaking process. The Politics of News: The News of Politics extends this examination to explore the struggle between journalists, political actors, and the public for control of the news in democratic countries. The book shows how the news media function as an intermediary between governments and citizens, as well as between political actors (such as parties and interest groups) and the public. Essays present a diversity of views and are written by a distinguished group of authors that includes such luminaries as Jim Lehrer, Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Robert Picard, and Andrew Kohut. The Politics of News is policy-oriented. By diagnosing problems faced by those whose influence affects newsmaking in both existing and emerging democracies, authors generate ideas about possible reforms. Several chapters offer comparative analysis that offer students insight into the impact of cultural factors on newsmaking. Accessible yet sophisticated, this anticipated second edition covers significant issues surrounding political news, ranging from the limits of press freedom during times of war and the implications of media concentration for democratic participation, to the ingenious ways that governments and interest groups draw attention to their concerns.

Democracy and New Media

  • Filename: democracy-and-new-media.
  • ISBN: 0262600633
  • Release Date: 2004
  • Number of pages: 385
  • Author: Henry Jenkins
  • Publisher: MIT Press

Essays on the promise and dangers of the Internet for democracy.

No Questions Asked

  • Filename: no-questions-asked.
  • ISBN: 0275993353
  • Release Date: 2006-01-01
  • Number of pages: 189
  • Author: Lisa Finnegan
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

A critical look at news coverage in the United States in the years since the attacks of September 11, 2001.

After Broadcast News

  • Filename: after-broadcast-news.
  • ISBN: 9781139501576
  • Release Date: 2011-09-26
  • Number of pages:
  • Author: Bruce A. Williams
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The new media environment has challenged the role of professional journalists as the primary source of politically relevant information. After Broadcast News puts this challenge into historical context, arguing that it is the latest of several critical moments, driven by economic, political, cultural and technological changes, in which the relationship among citizens, political elites and the media has been contested. Out of these past moments, distinct 'media regimes' eventually emerged, each with its own seemingly natural rules and norms, and each the result of political struggle with clear winners and losers. The media regime in place for the latter half of the twentieth century has been dismantled, but a new regime has yet to emerge. Assuring this regime is a democratic one requires serious consideration of what was most beneficial and most problematic about past regimes and what is potentially most beneficial and most problematic about today's new information environment.

On the Interactions of News Media Interpersonal Communication Opinion Formation and Participation

  • Filename: on-the-interactions-of-news-media-interpersonal-communication-opinion-formation-and-participation.
  • ISBN: 1581120109
  • Release Date: 1997
  • Number of pages: 352
  • Author: Joohoan Kim
  • Publisher: Universal-Publishers

Deliberative democracy can be defined as a political system based on citizens' voluntary and free discussions on public issues. Most scholars have discussed deliberative democracy within normative boundaries. However, based primarily on Katz's interpretation of Tarde, this study finds the concept of public sphere a useful framework for operationalizing the normative concept of deliberative democracy, since the four components of the public sphere-news media use, interpersonal communication, opinion formation, and political participation-provide us with empirically testable categories. This study tests the validity of theories of deliberative democracy through examining the inter-relationships among the four components of the public sphere. Methodologically, it includes a set of 63 items to probe where people talk and what they talk about in their daily life. An experimental treatment (a "stop-and-talk" question) is also included in the survey to simulate the effects of real conversation. Through a set of data gathered from a nationwide survey, sufficient evidence was found to support the basic hypotheses: (1) news media use encourages people to have political conversation, (2) news media use and political conversation tend to enhance the quality of opinions (measured by consistency, opinionation, and consideredness), (3) news media use, political conversation, and enhanced opinions encourage political participation. The significance of this study is that: (1) unlike other media effects studies, its dependent variables are not just of opinion positions or attitude changes, but also opinion quality; (2) it does not consider media alone, but deals with the combined effects of interpersonal communication (conversation) and mass media (news media use); (3) it combines an experimental design with a nationwide survey; and (4) it assumes that the effects of mass media do not stop at people's attitudes, but are extended to their activities.

Informing the News

  • Filename: informing-the-news.
  • ISBN: 9780345806611
  • Release Date: 2013-10-08
  • Number of pages: 256
  • Author: Thomas E. Patterson
  • Publisher: Vintage

As the journalist Walter Lippmann noted nearly a century ago, democracy falters “if there is no steady supply of trustworthy and relevant news.” Today’s journalists are not providing it. Too often, reporters give equal weight to facts and biased opinion, stir up small controversies, and substitute infotainment for real news. Even when they get the facts rights, they often misjudge the context in which they belong. Information is the lifeblood of a healthy democracy. Public opinion and debate suffer when citizens are misinformed about current affairs, as is increasingly the case. Though the failures of today’s communication system cannot be blamed solely on the news media, they are part of the problem, and the best hope for something better. Patterson proposes “knowledge-based journalism” as a corrective. Unless journalists are more deeply informed about the subjects they cover, they will continue to misinterpret them and to be vulnerable to manipulation by their sources. In this book, derived from a multi-year initiative of the Carnegie Corporation and the Knight Foundation, Patterson calls for nothing less than a major overhaul of journalism practice and education. The book speaks not only to journalists but to all who are concerned about the integrity of the information on which America’s democracy depends.

Media Democracy and European Culture

  • Filename: media-democracy-and-european-culture.
  • ISBN: 9781841502472
  • Release Date: 2008
  • Number of pages: 360
  • Author: Ib Bondebjerg
  • Publisher: Intellect Books

Presents research on Europe, from social, political and cultural perspectives, equally focusing on each dimension of democracy in Europe. This book discusses the role of the media, communication policy and the question of how the media report on Europe runs as a thread through various contributions.

Democracy and Foreign Policy

  • Filename: democracy-and-foreign-policy.
  • ISBN: 9781136899324
  • Release Date: 2010-10-18
  • Number of pages: 680
  • Author: R Bassett
  • Publisher: Routledge

The Sino-Japanese crisis of 1931-33 provides effective illustrations of wider themes in British Foreign Policy. It might even be said that the general pattern of opinion in the UK at the time was to be reproduced in subsequent crises. The Manchurian problem and the controversies which it provoked give invaluable clues to an understanding of later developments.

Democracy and the Internet

  • Filename: democracy-and-the-internet.
  • ISBN: 1930365098
  • Release Date: 2002-09-03
  • Number of pages: 109
  • Author: Leslie David Simon
  • Publisher: Woodrow Wilson Center Press

In Democracy and the Internet: Allies or Adversaries? three essays draw evidence from starkly different regions of the world -- the Middle East, Latin America, and the United States.

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