This book tells the story of how the news media can help the inattentive members of the public become better educated and knowledgeable ‘economic citizens’. The authors argue that changes in the economy, journalism and consumer culture have made economic news more visible, more mainstream and more accessible. They show how economic news not only affects economic perceptions, but also interest in the economy, knowledge about the economy, and economic voting. Relying on statistical analyses, the book provides a comprehensive and systematic study of the effects of economic news.
Contents List of illustrations Author biographies Preface Chapter 1: Introduction Chapter 2: A baseline understanding of the economy Chapter 3: How economic news informs the inattentive audience Chapter 4: Sounding the alarm when it matters Chapter 5: Making the economy relevant and interesting with human-interest framing Chapter 6: Good news in bad news: how negativity enhances economic efficacy Chapter 7: Learning from economic consequence framing Chapter 8: Domesticated economic news and attribution of responsibility Chapter 9: Economic news and government approval Chapter 10: Mediated uncertainty and consumer expectations Chapter 11: Getting the good message through: against all odds? References Methodological appendix Appendix tables