News  book cover
1st Edition


ISBN 9780415319508
Published December 16, 2005 by Routledge
304 Pages

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Book Description

From an author highly knowledgeable in the field, News is a handy and accessible guide that examines the history of news, both as newspapers and radio, and as entertainment and information, and introduces students to the key concepts and issues that surround the news.

Using up-to-date case examples such as the Hutton Report and embedded journalists, from across a range of media including print, radio, television and the internet, Jackie Harrison explains the different theoretical approaches that have been used to study the news, as well as providing an accessible introduction to how news is produced and regulated, what counts as news, and how it is selected and presented.

Topics covered include:

  • introduction to the concept of news
  • the growth and development of news
  • technology, concentration and competition
  • balancing freedom and responisibility
  • regulatory control of the news
  • making the news.

Written in a clear and lively style, News is the ideal introductory book for students of media, communication and journalism.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Concept of News - Assumptions and Analysis  1. Views about News: Common Sense, Practitioner and Academic  2. From Ballads to Broadcasting: The Historical Growth and Development of News  3. The Modern News Ecology: Technology, Regulation, Concentration and Competition  4. News and Society  5. News Practice  6. News: Character and Audience  7. Possibilities and Problems: Trends in the Future of News

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