Social meanings of news - a text-reader.

By: Berkowitz, Dan.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Thousand Oaks; London : Sage, 1997Description: xiv, 535p, ill, 24cm.ISBN: 0761900764.Subject(s): Communication | Social aspects | JournalismDDC classification: 302.23BER
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

What is news? Why does news turn out like it does? Social Meanings of News takes on these deceptively simple questions through an essential collection of classic and contemporary studies by leaders in the field of mass communication. Rather than applying a journalist's viewpoint to answer the questions, the book starts from the premise that news is a human construction shaped by the social world from which it emerges. In order to bridge the book's multiple methodologies and varied research approaches, Editor Dan Berkowitz introduces a conceptual scheme based on level of analysis and research paradigm. Each of the following six sections begins with an overview to help the student glean key concepts and understand their implications. The book then closes with an epilogue offering carefully crafted, yet concise examples of how concepts can be applied to study news from a socially-oriented perspective.

Includes bibliographical references and indexes.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Section 1 Introduction
  • Why a 'Social Meanings of News' Perspective?
  • Part 1 A Framework for Thinking About News
  • The Sociology of News Production
  • Has Communication Explained Journalism?
  • Professional Mass Communicators
  • Section 2 News as Social Production
  • Part 2 Selecting News: The Individual Gate Keeper
  • A New Gatekeeping Model
  • The Gate Keeper
  • A Case Study in the Selection of News
  • Ms Gates Takes Over
  • Refining the Gatekeeping Metaphor for Local Television News
  • Structure and Constraints on Community Newspaper Gatekeepers
  • Part 3 Organizing News: News as A Workplace Product
  • Social Control in the News Room
  • A Functional Analysis
  • News Organizations
  • Conflict as a Crafted Cultural Norm
  • News Reporting and Professionalism
  • Some Constraints on the Reporting of the News
  • Science Writers at Work
  • Part 4 Professionalizing News: News as Journalists' Norms and Routines
  • Making News by Doing Work
  • Routinizing the Unexpected
  • News as Purposive Behavior
  • On the Strategic Use of Routine Events, Accidents, and Scandal
  • News and Non-Events
  • Making the Visible Invisible
  • Routines and the Making of Oppositional News
  • Part 5 Selling News: News As Economic Entity
  • Boundaries of Journalistic Autonomy
  • The News Factory
  • The First Stage of News Production
  • Learning What's Happening
  • The Competitive Ethos in Television Newswork
  • Section 3 News as Text
  • Part 6 Telling News: News as Familiar Story
  • Mythic Elements in Television News
  • Myth, Chronicle, and Story
  • Exploring the Narrative Qualities of News
  • When Technology Fails
  • The Drama of Airline Crashes in Network Television News
  • Non-Routine News and Newswork
  • Exploring a What-A-Story
  • The Rape of Mike Tyson
  • Race, the Press, and Symbolic Types
  • Part 7 Ideology and News: News as Social Power
  • Journalists as Interpretive Communities
  • The News Paradigm and the Ideology of Objectivity
  • A Socialist at the Wall Street Journal
  • News of Battering
  • Press Rites and Race Relations
  • A Study of Mass-Mediated Ritual
  • Science, Technology, and Risk Coverage of a Community Conflict
  • Part 8 Epilogue: Applying The Tools To Study News