Television News and the Supreme Court

Author: Elliot E. Slotnick
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521576161
Format: PDF, Docs
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A comprehensive examination of how numerous constraints faced by reporters covering the Supreme Court contribute to patterns of infrequent, brief, and often incorrect and misleading stories about the Court that subsequently are aired on TV news broadcasts.

All the News That s Fit to Sell

Author: James T. Hamilton
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 1400841410
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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That market forces drive the news is not news. Whether a story appears in print, on television, or on the Internet depends on who is interested, its value to advertisers, the costs of assembling the details, and competitors' products. But in All the News That's Fit to Sell, economist James Hamilton shows just how this happens. Furthermore, many complaints about journalism--media bias, soft news, and pundits as celebrities--arise from the impact of this economic logic on news judgments. This is the first book to develop an economic theory of news, analyze evidence across a wide range of media markets on how incentives affect news content, and offer policy conclusions. Media bias, for instance, was long a staple of the news. Hamilton's analysis of newspapers from 1870 to 1900 reveals how nonpartisan reporting became the norm. A hundred years later, some partisan elements reemerged as, for example, evening news broadcasts tried to retain young female viewers with stories aimed at their (Democratic) political interests. Examination of story selection on the network evening news programs from 1969 to 1998 shows how cable competition, deregulation, and ownership changes encouraged a shift from hard news about politics toward more soft news about entertainers. Hamilton concludes by calling for lower costs of access to government information, a greater role for nonprofits in funding journalism, the development of norms that stress hard news reporting, and the defining of digital and Internet property rights to encourage the flow of news. Ultimately, this book shows that by more fully understanding the economics behind the news, we will be better positioned to ensure that the news serves the public good.

Covering the United States Supreme Court in the Digital Age

Author: Richard Davis
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 131614805X
Format: PDF
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The US Supreme Court seeks to withhold information about its deliberations, while the press's job is to report and disseminate this information. These two objectives conflict and create tension between the justices and the reporters who cover them; add to that the increasing demands for transparency in the digital age and the result is an interesting dynamic between an institution that seeks to preserve its opaqueness and a press corps that demands greater transparency. This volume examines the relationship between justices and the press through chapters that discuss facets such as coverage of the institution, the media's approach to the docket, and the effects of news coverage on public opinion. Additionally, two journalists who cover the court offer insights into the profession of reporting today, while two biographers of Supreme Court justices share the perspectives of those justices regarding the press.

The Press and American Politics

Author: Richard Davis
ISBN: 9780130264046
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Very contemporary in perspective, this book provides a well-balanced survey of all aspects of the relationship between the press and American politics. It portrays the relationship as interactive and symbiotic (rather than one-sided) and dissects the media's role as mediator in the political processes of American politics. Explores news-gathering and news-shaping, effects of media on the mass public, the electoral functions and effects of the news media, the interaction with political institutions and organizations, and the media's policymaking role, governmental regulation of media, global comparisons, historical and technological changes, and more. For anyone interested in the media/politics connection.

The Supreme Court 9th Edition

Author: Lawrence Baum
Publisher: CQ Press
ISBN: 9781933116853
Format: PDF, Mobi
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While the Court is always evolving, the changes have been especially sweeping these past few years. Looking closely at the appointments of two new justices and the possible effects of the shift from the Rehnquist Court to the Roberts Court, Baum examines the implications of recent major decisions. Baum explores the Court's rulings on the procedural rights of suspected terrorists as well as the growth in conflict between Congress and the federal courts. --from publisher description

Media and American courts

Author: S. L. Alexander
Publisher: Abc-clio
ISBN: 9781576079799
Format: PDF
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This referennce work explores the interaction of ever-more pervasive media and the US judicial system in the 20th century. It includes glossary definitions of terms necessary for an understanding of media coverage of the judicial system and biographical sketches of journalists, lawyers and judges.