1st Edition

Getting the Message News, Truth, and Power

Edited By John Eldridge Copyright 1993
    368 Pages
    by Routledge

    368 Pages
    by Routledge

    The work of the Glasgow Media Group has long established their place at the forefront of Media Studies, and Getting the Message provides an ideal introduction to recent work by the Group.
    Contributors discuss themes such as the relationship between the media and public opinion, the emergence of TV news formats and styles, and the relations between theory and method in media research. Recent work undertaken by the Group on the media's role in reporting on AIDS, Vietnam, Northern Ireland and the Gulf War is also represented.
    In its fresh approach to the relationship between journalists and their sources and occupation analysis, the collection also illuminates how the earlier work of the group has been extended, and the ways in which its research has developed both individually and collectively.
    Getting the Message offers an invaluable and far-reaching exploration of the inter-relations between the production of media messages and their reception - an invaluable guide for any study of the development of media theory.

    Part I Introduction 1 News, truth and power 2 Media research: whose agenda? Part II Message production: strategies and tactics3 Reform and restructuring in the Soviet media: before and after the August 1991 coup 4 The Northern Ireland Information Service and the media: aims, strategy, tactics 5 From Buerk to Band Aid: the media and the 1984 Ethiopian famine 6 Negotiating HIV/AIDS information: agendas, media strategies and the news Part III Message output: content and formats7 Backyard on the front page: the case of Nicaragua 8 The CBS Evening News, 7 April 1949: creating an ineffable television form 9 AIDS and the British press Part IV Message reception: opinion and understanding10 Getting the message: audience research in the Glasgow University Media Group 11 Understanding AIDS: researching audience perceptions of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome 12 The light at the end of the tunnel: the mass media, public opinion and the Vietnam War Part V Conclusion 13 Whose illusion? whose reality? some problems of theory and method in mass media research


    John Eldridge is Professor of Sociology at the University of Glasgow and a founder member of the Glasgow University Media Group.