American Television News: The Media Marketplace and the Public Interest

The Media Marketplace and the Public Interest

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Author: Steve M. Barkin

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 131529091X

Category: History

Page: 230

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This concise history of the news broadcasting industry will appeal to both students and general readers. Stretching from the "radio days" of the 1920s and 1930s and the early era of television after World War II through to the present, the book shows how commercial interests, regulatory matters, and financial considerations have long shaped the broadcasting business. The network dominance of the 1950s ushered in the new prominence of the "anchorman," a distinctly American development, and gave birth to the "golden age" of TV broadcasting, which featured hard-hitting news and documentaries epitomized by the reports by CBS's Edward R. Murrow. Financial pressures and advertising concerns in the 1960s led the networks to veer away from their commitment to serve the public interest, and "tabloid" television - celebrity, gossip-driven "soft news" - and news "magazines" became increasingly widespread. In the 1980s cable news further transformed broadcasting, igniting intense competition for viewers in the media marketplace. Focusing on both national and local news, this stimulating volume examines the evolution of broadcast journalism. It also considers how new electronic technologies will affect news delivery in the 21st century, and whether television news can still both serve the public interest and maintain an audience.

That's the Way It Is

A History of Television News in America

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Author: Charles L. Ponce de Leon

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 022625609X

Category: History

Page: 352

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When critics decry the current state of our public discourse, one reliably easy target is television news. It’s too dumbed-down, they say; it’s no longer news but entertainment, celebrity-obsessed and vapid. The critics may be right. But, as Charles L. Ponce de Leon explains in That’s the Way It Is, TV news has always walked a fine line between hard news and fluff. The familiar story of decline fails to acknowledge real changes in the media and Americans’ news-consuming habits, while also harking back to a golden age that, on closer examination, is revealed to be not so golden after all. Ponce de Leon traces the entire history of televised news, from the household names of the late 1940s and early ’50s, like Eric Sevareid, Edward R. Murrow, and Walter Cronkite, through the rise of cable, the political power of Fox News, and the satirical punch of Colbert and Stewart. He shows us an industry forever in transition, where newsmagazines and celebrity profiles vie with political news and serious investigations. The need for ratings success—and the lighter, human interest stories that can help bring it—Ponce de Leon makes clear, has always sat uneasily alongside a real desire to report hard news. Highlighting the contradictions and paradoxes at the heart of TV news, and telling a story rich in familiar figures and fascinating anecdotes, That’s the Way It Is will be the definitive account of how television has showed us our history as it happens.

Media Perspectives for the 21st Century

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Author: Stylianos Papathanassopoulos

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136847758

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 264

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Media Perspectives for the 21st Century brings together key international scholars to explore concepts, topics and issues concerning the communication environment in contemporary democratic societies. It combines qualitative and quantitative approaches to provide an interdisciplinary and truly global perspective that reflects the trends, theories and issues in current media and communication research. The collection raises significant questions about the study of the media by challenging approaches to major media and societal issues, and analyses in more depth the range of concerns that shape both the present and the future media landscape and the issues these can create for communication. It also investigates the main effects of technological developments on the domain of the news media and journalism. Divided into two main sections, Part I provides accounts of the role of the media in society, and deals with agendas that affect the field of communications studies. Part II goes on to examine the world of new media and offers analyses on the developments of the 21st century. Chapters deal with various dimensions of media from a number of different perspectives and socio-political contexts, covering a wide range of topics including Social Networking, Political Communication, Public Journalism, Global Infotainment and Consumer Culture. Media Perspectives for the 21st Century will be highly useful to undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as researchers and academics, in the fields of media and communication studies, mass communication, journalism and new media.

American Film Satire in the 1990s

Hollywood Subversion

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Author: J. Nilsson

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 113730099X

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 178

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This study examines how a particular selection of films turned American cultural material of the 1990s into satirical experiences for viewers and finds that there are elements of resistance to norms and conventions in politics, to mainstream news channels and Hollywood, and to official American history already embedded in the culture.

The Corporate Free-speech Movement

Cognitive Feudalism and the Endangered Marketplace of Ideas

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Author: Robert L. Kerr

Publisher: Lfb Scholarly Pub Llc

ISBN: 9781593322939

Category: Law

Page: 275

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News culture

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Author: Stuart Allan

Publisher: Open Univ Pr

ISBN: 9780335210749

Category: Social Science

Page: 258

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A fascinating study of the modern media--and how it shapes our world 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 then explores the way news is produced, its textual conventions as a genre of discourse, 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 different instances of news coverage. Building on the success of the bestselling first edition, this new edition addresses: Concerns of the new media age, featuring an expanded chapter on "Good Journalism Is Popular Culture" Online journalism and the Internet Feedback from lecturers who have used the first edition This is a key text for undergraduate and postgraduate students in journalism, journalism studies, cultural and media studies, sociology, and politics.

News as entertainment

the rise of global infotainment

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Author: Daya Kishan Thussu

Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd

ISBN: 9780761968788

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 214

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Richly detailed and empirically grounded, this first book-length study of infotainment and its globalization by a leading scholar of global communication, offers a comprehensive and critical analysis of this emerging phenomenon. Going beyond - both geographically and theoretically - the 'dumbing down' discourse, largely confined to the Anglo-American media, the book argues that infotainment may have an important ideological role, a diversion in which 'soft news' masks the hard realities of neo-liberal imperialism.

Emerging Issues in Contemporary Journalism

Infotainment, Internet, Libel, Censorship, Et Cetera

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Author: Bala A. Musa,Cindy J. Price

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 328

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Significant changes in information technology, media ownership and management structure, journalistic culture, and communication policy are rapidly reshaping the media landscape. Media proliferation has multiplied the sources and volume of news, entertainment, and advertising available to society. This book provides a broad and in-depth analysis of the factors driving the new trends in 21st Century journalism and mass communication. It gives a roadmap for understanding the new media environment and its implications for the communication industry and audience alike.

Choice

Publication of the Association of College and Research Libraries, a Division of the American Library Association

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Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Academic libraries

Page: N.A

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If it Bleeds, it Leads

An Anatomy of Television News

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Author: Matthew Robert Kerbel

Publisher: Basic Books (AZ)

ISBN: N.A

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 149

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Looks at television news, with a minute-by-minute account of three hours of syndicated, local, and network information programming to debunk what passes for news.

Media and Democracy

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Author: Everette Eugene Dennis,Robert W. Snyder

Publisher: Transaction Publishers

ISBN: 9781412828307

Category: Social Science

Page: 202

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While there is nearly universal agreement that the media play a vital and defining role in democracy everywhere it exists, ironically they are often unpopular. However, the media in a democratic system must be credible and reliable lest they lose their influence and authority. It is usually acknowledged that democracy almost never flourishes without an effective, independent media. The contributors to "Media and Democracy "discuss these issues with the clear recognition that generalizing about the media is often perilous. In the opening section of this volume, "Definitive Questions," chapters by Leo Bogart and Denis McQuail explore the contemporary relationship between media and democracy and its implications for the future. The next section, "Media and the Dynamics of Democracy Around the World," opens with contributions from Vaclav Havel and Boutros Boutros-Ghali, former secretary-general of the United Nations. They are joined by authors who examine the relationship between media and democracy in specific locations around the world. The third part, "Journalism as a Democratic Discipline," explores the demands that democracy makes on journalists in chapters by Robert MacNeil, Brian Mulroney, and Margaret T. Gordon. In the final"section, "Democracy and New Media," Lawrence K. Grossman, Sara B. Ivry, and Andrew C. Gordon consider the implications for democracy of new media technologies. Christopher Dornan concludes the book with a review essay examining recent books on media and democracy. Ideally, democracy and media coexist and support each other through a process of negotiation hopefully aimed at developing a consensus about the public interest. "Media and Democracy "is an intriguing examination of these two important ingredients to American society. It will be of value to political scientists, communications scholars, media specialists, and sociologists.

Communications Policy and the Public Interest

The Telecommunications Act of 1996

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Author: Patricia Aufderheide

Publisher: Guilford Press

ISBN: 9781572304253

Category: Law

Page: 323

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The passage of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 inaugurated a new and highly volatile era in telecommunications. The first major overhaul of U.S. communications law since 1934--when no one had a television set, a cordless phone, or a computer--the Act was spurred into being by broad shifts in technology use. Equally important, this book shows, the new law reflects important changes in our notions of the purpose of communications regulation and how it should be deployed. Focusing on the evolution of the concept of the public interest, Aufderheide examines how and why the legislation was developed, provides a thematic analysis of the Act itself, and charts its intended and unintended effects in business and policy. An abridged version of the Act is included, as are the Supreme Court decision that struck down one of its clauses, the Communications Decency Act, and a variety of pertinent speeches and policy arguments. Readers are also guided to a range of organizations and websites that offer legal updates and policy information. Finalist, McGannon Center Award for Social and Ethical Relevance in Communication Policy Research

Racial and Ethnic Tensions in American Communities

Poverty, Inequality and Discrimination

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Author: Mary Frances Berry

Publisher: DIANE Publishing

ISBN: 9780788189630

Category:

Page: 468

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Hearing held before the U.S. Comm. on Civil Rights in L.A., CA, June 15-17, 1993. Unsettling episodes beginning with & emanating from the beating of Rodney King, a black man, by several white L.A.P.D. officers in Mar. 1991, confirmed the prior opinion of the Comm. that the tensions between racial & ethnic groups in L.A. required attention. During the 1993 hearing, the Comm. concentrated on 3 areas: (a) the administration of justice -- relating to police practices & policies; (b) economic development -- pertaining to unemployment, the L.A. Transportation System, job training & small bus. initiatives; & (c) the portrayals or projections of minorities through TV in both news & entertainment production.

Media and the Marketplace

Ethical Perspectives

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Author: Eoin G. Cassidy,Andrew G. McGrady

Publisher: Institute of Public Administration

ISBN: 9781902448527

Category: Mass media

Page: 243

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From the Universities to the Marketplace: The Business Ethics Journey

The Second Annual International Vincentian Conference Promoting Business Ethics

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Author: Marilynn Fleckenstein,Mary Maury,Laura Pincus,Pat Primeaux

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 940091475X

Category: Philosophy

Page: 267

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From the Universities to the Marketplace: The Business Ethics Journey arose from the awareness of the slow progression of academic theory into market practice. The contributions in this volume reflect a diversity of disciplines and approaches to research, study and teaching business ethics, such as philosophy, accounting, theology, marketing, management and finance. The contributors represent a wide variety of professional and geographical backgrounds, creating a fruitful discussion of a large number of issues related to implementation and measurement of business ethics, and feedback from all parties involved.

Public Access Television

America's Electronic Soapbox

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Author: Laura R. Linder

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780275964870

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 156

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In this review of the background and development of public access television, the author offers the necessary information needed to understand the theoretical and philosophical underpinnings as well as the nuts and bolts of public access television in the United States.

Democracy and the Mass Media

A Collection of Essays

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Author: Judith Lichtenberg

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521388177

Category: Philosophy

Page: 410

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These essays discuss US policy in regulating the media and the reconciliation of the First Amendment.

News on the Internet

Information and Citizenship in the 21st Century

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Author: David Tewksbury,Jason Rittenberg

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199939306

Category: Political Science

Page: 208

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Online news sites play an ever-pervasive role in the daily gathering and flow of political information. Media has always played an intermediary role in the way that citizens receive and process news, but, with the speed of information transmission, the segmentation of news sources, and the rise of citizen journalism, issues of authority, audience, and even the definition of "news" have shifted and become blurred. News on the Internet synthesizes research on developing and current patterns of online news provision with the literature on traditional, offline media to create a conceptual map for understanding the way that public affairs and news are presented and consumed on the internet. Tewksbury and Rittenberg look at the dual role of the internet as a source of authoritative news and as a vehicle for citizens in contemporary democracies to create and share political information. Throughout, they address the tension between the benefits of internet news provision, specifically increased citizen engagement, and the negative, perhaps counterintuitive, effects: the fragmentation of knowledge and polarization of opinion in contemporary democracies. News on the Internet focuses on these points of conflict and contradiction in the online news environment and offers conclusions and predictions for how these phenomena will develop in the future.

Reclaiming Education for Democracy

Thinking Beyond No Child Left Behind

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Author: Paul Shaker,Elizabeth E. Heilman

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135597049

Category: Education

Page: 256

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Reclaiming Education for Democracy subjects the prophets and doctrines of educational neoliberalism to scrutiny in order to provide a rationale and vision for public education beyond the limits of No Child Left Behind. The authors combine a history of recent education policy with an in- depth analysis of the origins of such policy and its impact on professional educators. The public face of these policies is separated from motives rooted in politics, profit, and ideology. The book also searches for new insights in understanding the neoliberal and managerialist assault on education by examining the psychology of advocates who demonstrate a special animus toward universal public education. The manipulation of public education by No Child Left Behind is a case study in the general approach to public institutions taken by the politicians and theorists in these camps. K-12 education has been subjected to deceptive descriptive analyses, marginalization of its professional leadership, manipulation of its goals, the imposition of illegitimate quality markers, a grab on its resources by corporate profiteers, and a demoralization of its rank and file. This book helps us think beyond this new commonsense of education. Recipient: 2009 AERA Division K Award for Exemplary Research in Teaching and Teacher Education