Television News and the Supreme Court

Author: Elliot E. Slotnick
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521576161
Format: PDF, ePub
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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
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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.

The Press and American Politics

Author: Richard Davis
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780130264046
Format: PDF, Docs
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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.

American Government 2006

Author: Karen O'Connor
Publisher: Longman Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780321434616
Format: PDF, Kindle
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This election update edition of the number one book in American government continues to provide the most current and engaging introduction available for the course without chapters dedicated to policy. Written with the belief that knowledge of the development of American government is integral to fully understand our current political system, "American Government: Continuity and Change" offers a strong historical perspective that highlights the evolution of government and engages students with examples relevant to their lives today.

American Government

Author: Larry J. Sabato
Publisher: Longman Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780321095022
Format: PDF, Docs
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Perfect for instructors who want to use the Internet in their American government course, this is a web/text hybrid that uses the power of the Internet to instruct and engage today's students. The FlexChoice Edition consists of two components: a streamlined, spiral-bound text that lies flat so students can use with ease at a computer, and a robust website that contains a multitude of highly interactive, in-depth exercises, interactive maps and graphics, quizzes and surveys, videos, web links, and more. Icons in the text refer students to specific exercises and assets on the book's password-protected website that they can engage in to learn more about the topic being discussed in the text. The icons tie the text and website together so that they form one, powerful, cohesive system. Offering the best of O'Connor & Sabato's highly esteemed textbook and the best exercises and resources for American government on the Web, this FlexChoice Edition will get today's students engaged in the study of our political system.