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Social Meanings of News A Text-Reader

ISBN-10: 0761900764
ISBN-13: 9780761900764
Edition: 1997
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Description: What is news and why does it turn out the way it does? These questions are addressed in this Reader. Classic news studies representing several methodologies and approaches are presented to guide students in their initial exploration into the topics.  More...

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Book details

List price: $109.00
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/5/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 549
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.628
Language: English

What is news and why does it turn out the way it does? These questions are addressed in this Reader. Classic news studies representing several methodologies and approaches are presented to guide students in their initial exploration into the topics. Berkowitz provides an orientation for a social approach to studying news, departing from the premise that news is a human construction that gains its characteristics through the social world from which it emerges. The first section of readings introduces a theoretical background for analyzing the sections that follow. Each of the eight sections are clearly and concisely introduced by Berkowitz, enabling students to interpret the salient points from and implications of representative articles in the field.

Introduction
Why a 'Social Meanings of News' Perspective?
A Framework for Thinking About News
The Sociology of News Production
Has Communication Explained Journalism?
Professional Mass Communicators
News as Social Production
Selecting News: The Individual Gate Keeper
A New Gatekeeping Model
The Gate Keeper
A Case Study in the Selection of News
Ms Gates Takes Over
Refining the Gatekeeping Metaphor for Local Television News
Structure and Constraints on Community Newspaper Gatekeepers
Organizing News: News as A Workplace Product
Social Control in the News Room
A Functional Analysis
News Organizations
Conflict as a Crafted Cultural Norm
News Reporting and Professionalism
Some Constraints on the Reporting of the News
Science Writers at Work
Professionalizing News: News as Journalists' Norms and Routines
Making News by Doing Work
Routinizing the Unexpected
News as Purposive Behavior
On the Strategic Use of Routine Events, Accidents, and Scandal
News and Non-Events
Making the Visible Invisible
Routines and the Making of Oppositional News
Selling News: News As Economic Entity
Boundaries of Journalistic Autonomy
The News Factory
The First Stage of News Production
Learning What's Happening
The Competitive Ethos in Television Newswork
News as Text
Telling News: News as Familiar Story
Mythic Elements in Television News
Myth, Chronicle, and Story
Exploring the Narrative Qualities of News
When Technology Fails
The Drama of Airline Crashes in Network Television News
Non-Routine News and Newswork
Exploring a What-A-Story
The Rape of Mike Tyson
Race, the Press, and Symbolic Types
Ideology and News: News as Social Power
Journalists as Interpretive Communities
The News Paradigm and the Ideology of Objectivity
A Socialist at the Wall Street Journal
News of Battering
Press Rites and Race Relations
A Study of Mass-Mediated Ritual
Science, Technology, and Risk Coverage of a Community Conflict
Epilogue: Applying The Tools To Study News

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