This new and highly readable textbookby Richard M. Perloff introduces students to the complex world of contemporary news and its theoretical underpinnings, engaging with debates and ethical quandaries.
The book takes readers on a concept-guided tour of the contours, continuities, and changing features of news. It covers a huge breadth of topics including: the classic theories of what news should do, its colorful history in America and popular myths of news, the overarching forces involved in contemporary news gathering, critical economic determinants of news and social system influences, and innovative trends in the future of journalism. Drawing on scholarship in the fields of journalism studies and sociology of news, Perloff offers readers a critical, in-depth exploration of news filled with relevant examples from newspapers, newscasts, and social media.
Students of journalism, communication, sociology, politics, and related courses, and inquisitive scholars, will find this book’s intellectual focus enriching, the writing and examples engaging, and the thoroughness of its search of the contemporary media scene invigorating. Boxes summarizing theory and key concepts help students to deepen their understanding of both what news is now and its future.
"This tour de force reminds us of the importance of studying news content, its origins, and the extent to which it reflects reality. Perloff synthesizes many perspectives and builds his own critical and creative analysis of news and people, news and society, and news and the world." -- Pamela J Shoemaker, Professor Emerita, Syracuse University
"The Dynamics of News offers an unflinching look on the foundations, features, flaws, and future of a maligned but magnificent institution, journalism. By offering critical insight into how news turns out the way it does, Perloff helps readers see the limits and importance of news in today’s evolving information environment." -- Professor and Director of the School of Journalism, Michigan State University
Part 1: Foundations 1. Prologue: News in a Fragmented Age 2. News and Journalism in the 21st Century Milieu 3. Defining News and Journalism 4. What Should News Do?: Ideals and Complicating Realities 5. The Rich, Colorful History of American Journalism: Overview and Perspectives Part 2: What Makes News Tick? Concepts, Controversies, and Conclusions 6. Unpacking the News: Refracting, not Reflecting Reality Chapter 7. Do Journalists’ Personal Attributes Shape the News?: Myths and Realities 8. Journalistic Routines and Why They Matter 9. Organizational and Economic Influences 10. News and the Social System: Conformity or Change? 11. Epilogue