Deciding What's News A Study of CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News, Newsweek, and Time

ISBN-10: 0810122375
ISBN-13: 9780810122376
Edition: 25th 2004 (Anniversary)
Authors: Herbert J. Gans
List price: $24.95
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Description: For ten years, Herbert J. Gans spent considerable time in four major television and magazine newsrooms, observing and talking to the journalists who choose the national news stories that inform America about itself. Writing during the golden age of  More...

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Book details

List price: $24.95
Edition: 25th
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
Publication date: 2/22/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.210
Language: English

For ten years, Herbert J. Gans spent considerable time in four major television and magazine newsrooms, observing and talking to the journalists who choose the national news stories that inform America about itself. Writing during the golden age of journalism, Gans included such headline events as the War on Poverty, the Vietnam War and the protests against it, urban ghetto disorders, the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy, and Watergate. He was interested in the values, professional standards, and the external pressures that shaped journalists' judgments. Deciding What's News has become a classic. A new preface outlines the major changes that have taken place in the news media since Gans first wrote the book, but it also suggests that the basics of news judgment and the structures of news organizations have changed little. Gans's book is still the most comprehensive sociological account of some of the country's most prominent national news media. The book received the 1979 Theatre Library Association Award and the 1980 Book Award of the National Association of Educational Broadcasters. This is the first work to be published under the Medill School of Journalism's "Visions of the American Press" imprint, a new journalism history series featuring both original volumes and reprints of important classics.

Nation and society in the news
Values in the news
The organization of story selection
Sources and journalists
Story suitability
Objectivity, values, and ideology
Profits and audiences
Pressures, censorship, and self-censorship
Conclusions : the news and the journalists
Multiperspectival news

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