Public Broadcasting and the Public Interest

Author: Michael P. McCauley
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1315290677
Format: PDF, Mobi
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As federal funding for public broadcasting wanes and support from corporations and an elite group of viewers and listeners rises, public broadcasting's role as vox populi has come under threat. With contributions from key scholars from a wide variety of disciplines, this volume examines the crisis facing public broadcasting today by analyzing the institution's development, its presentday operations, and its prospects for the future. Covering everything from globalization and the rise of the Internet, to key issues such as race and class, to specific subjects such as advertising, public access, and grassroots radio, Public Broadcasting and the Public Interest provides a fresh and original look at a vital component of our mass media.

Head s Broadcasting in America

Author: Michael A. McGregor
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317347927
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After fifty years of market prominence and incredible demand from loyal users, Head’s Broadcasting in America’s tenth edition returns as the celebrated market leader in its field with its renowned treatment of electronic media as a social force and with a distinguished new author team from Sydney Head's legacy school, the University of Miami. Head’s Broadcasting in America distinguishes itself by presenting electronic media both as products of contemporary social forces and as social forces in their own right. This text will introduce you to the exciting changes taking place in electronic media. It will help you examine the emerging information infrastructure and the accelerating convergence of various electronic media forms. It will also help you explore the role electronic media plays in many academic areas, ranging from economics to law, from history to social science. You will find this industry more accessible as you experience broadcasting dually through the people and the products that have shaped the history of this medium and through your own experiences with broadcasting in your daily life.

Commercial Culture

Author: Leo Bogart
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
ISBN: 0195090985
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This critique of the American commercial media comes from a writer who has wide experience in both the media business and in academia. Bogart explores how commercial demands affect the substance and form of American media, and argues that the future of the

Television in American Society

Author: Laurie Collier Hillstrom
Publisher: Uxl
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Looks at the impact of television on American culture, profiles the lives of figures who were influential in devleoping and popularizing television, provides original documents that cover television's impact on society, and includes a cumulative index.

Conflicting Communication Interests in America

Author: Tom McCourt
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780275963583
Format: PDF, Mobi
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McCourt sees public broadcasting as increasingly under siege as the marketplace undermines public goods and services and as politics and culture are beset by fragmentation. In this first full-length scholarly examination of National Public Radio, he contrasts NPR's mission and its practices.

Media Performance

Author: Denis McQuail
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 9781446232682
Format: PDF
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This major text by the author of Mass Communication Theory offers a comprehensive analysis of the growing field of assessment and evaluation of the performance of mass media. Across different societies, with varying media systems, there is evidence of increasing concern with the nature and quality of media output as well as about the independence and diversity of media systems. In this broad-ranging overview, Denis McQuail outlines the varying means of media performance assessment which have been attempted. He analyzes the central questions of what the public interest' means in this context, which criteria are relevant for assessing media performance, how such values are established and how they can be reconciled with the economic, industrial and audience market contexts. Both encapsulating a major area of recent debate and research, and advancing it to a new level, this book will be essential reading for students of media and communication studies and for those actively involved with media policy and practice.

Understanding Community Media

Author: Kevin Howley
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISBN: 1483342859
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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A text that reveals the value and significance of community media in an era of global communication With contributions from an international team of well-known experts, media activists, and promising young scholars, this comprehensive volume examines community-based media from theoretical, empirical, and practical perspectives. More than 30 original essays provide an incisive and timely analysis of the relationships between media and society, technology and culture, and communication and community. Key Features Provides vivid examples of community and alternative media initiatives from around the world Explores a wide range of media institutions, forms, and practices—community radio, participatory video, street newspapers, Independent Media Centers, and community informatics Offers cutting-edge analysis of community and alternative media with original essays from new, emerging, and established voices in the field Takes a multidimensional approach to community media studies by highlighting the social, economic, cultural, and political significance of alternative, independent, and community-oriented media organizations Enters the ongoing debates regarding the theory and practice of community media in a comprehensive and engaging fashion Intended Audience This core text is designed for advanced undergraduate and graduate courses such as Community Media, Alternative Media, Media & Social Change, Communication & Culture, and Participatory Communication in the departments of communication, media studies, sociology, and cultural studies.

Public radio and television in America

Author: Ralph Engelman
Publisher: Sage Publications, Inc
Format: PDF, ePub
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"Ralph Engelman's history of the growth of public radio and television in America is timely, compelling, and instructive. Very useful for citizens who take seriously the need for public use of the public airwaves, which we need to remember, the people own but do not control." --Ralph Nader, Director, The Center for the Study of Responsive Law "There is no cynicism or stridency in Ralph Engelman's definitive history of public broadcasting's failure to fulfill its promise, only documentation of the immense problems endemic to government and corporate sponsored mass media. For models of hope, this volume acknowledges the civic discourse that has thrived in the margins of public broadcasting--in the independent community and in the homespun programming of the public access movement." --Dee Dee Halleck, Cofounder, Paper Tiger Television & Deep Dish TV "Public Radio and Television in America by Ralph Engelman effectively navigates the complex, controversial, and often maddening history of public broadcasting as a political and cultural force. Always more important than its audience size in America, public broadcasting's promise and problems, as well as its heroes and villains, are treated effectively and well in this solid and critical analysis. The book is compact, yet sufficiently substantive and blessedly well written and well documented." --Everette E. Dennis, Executive Director, Freedom Forum Media Studies Center, editor, Media Studies Journal "Ralph Engelman's Public Radio and Television in America is a chilling description of how noncommercial broadcasting is the tragic victim of conservative corporate politics that have spent most of this century trying to cripple and kill it." --Ben H. Bagdikian, former Dean, Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California,

The Daily Planet

Author: Patricia Aufderheide
Publisher: U of Minnesota Press
ISBN: 9780816633425
Format: PDF
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The Daily Planet is a long-awaited selection of Patricia Aufderheide's most important critical essays, updated and organized thematically to demonstrate the breadth of her thinking on media and film, public telecommunications policy, and contemporary society. The result is a pithy and provocative exploration of "the culture of daily life under capitalism". Here, Aufderheide demonstrates criticism that is both activist and analytical. She probes the processes that shape our culture by examining diverse subjects, including the struggle to create quality children's television programming, the meaning of Paul Harvey, the evolution of the war film over the past thirty years, and the ways journalism is changed by the Internet and other new technologies. Throughout, Aufderheide foregrounds democratic values, displaying the penetrating insights that have made her a leading public intellectual and commentator on contemporary culture.

Alternative Publishers of Books in North America

Author: Byron Anderson
Publisher: Library Juice Press, LLC
ISBN: 1936117223
Format: PDF, Docs
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This directory is a unique reference tool that gathers information on significant alternative presses--126 U.S. presses, 19 Canadian, and 18 international presses having either a North American address or distributor. Thirty-three presses are new to this edition.