Closely examining how the news media reports economic and financial matters, this book equips students with solid methodological skills for reading and interpreting the news alongside a toolkit for best practice as an economic journalist.
How to Read Economic News combines theory and practice to explore the discourse surrounding economics in the mass media and how this specialised form of reporting can be improved. Beginning by introducing major concepts such as financialised economic reporting, media amnesia and loss of trust, the book goes on to help students to interpret, understand and analyse existing news discourse and to identify subtle biases in news reports stemming from hegemonic belief systems. The final section puts this analytical knowledge into practice, providing students with methods for the critical production of news and covering such skills as identifying newsworthiness, story sourcing, achieving clarity, and using complex datasets in news stories.
This is a key text for students and academics in the fields of financial journalism and critical discourse analysis who wish to approach the subject with a critical eye.
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Chapter 1: Introduction – How to Read Economic News
Part I: Connecting economic theory, ideology and journalism
Chapter 2: Economic Imaginaries, Economics Theories And The Role Of Economic Journalism
Chapter 3: What can journalism learn from Heterodox Economics
Chapter 4: Ideology, Economics and Journalism
Chapter 5: Journalism Studies and Crises: Economic, Environmental and Political - Towards a political Economic Approach.
Part II: Methodological approaches for evaluation of economy-related media output
Chapter 6: Using Content Analysis to study Economic Journalism
Chapter 7: Analysing Economic News Sources: Who gets to speak?
Chapter 8: Corpus Linguistics and Economic Media research
Chapter 9: Breaking Down the Discourse, Exposing Power in Economic Journalism – Critical Discourse Analysis
Chapter 10: Deconstructing Economic Discourses on Broadcast News
Chapter 11: Deconstructing Discourse: Applying Interview Research in the Economic Newsroom
Chapter 12: Researching Audiences: Understanding how economic news is received
Part III: News production: Best practices for investigating economic and business stories
Chapter 13: Making sense of economic data
Chapter 14: Economic news approaches
Chapter 15: Where theory meets practice - tips for BETTER economic journalism