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What's news : the media in American society

Author: Elie Abel
Publisher: San Francisco, CA : Institute for Contemporary Studies, [1981] ©1981
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The twelve thought-provoking essays comprising What's News review recent trends and events that have serious implications for both print and broadcast media in America. These timely studies examine the modern American media in its social, economic, and political context and address issues of current concern regarding the media's approach to and treatment of news. What's News focuses on the growth of the news  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Elie Abel
ISBN: 0917616413 9780917616419 0878554483 9780878554485
OCLC Number: 7758137
Description: x, 296 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: The first word / Elie Abel --
Mass media and their environments : a journey into the past / Theodore Peterson --
Mass media : the economic setting / James N. Rosse --
The first amendment and the press / Benno C. Schmidt, Jr. --
The new technologies : promise of abundant channels at lower cost / Ithiel de Sola Pool --
The media baronies : bigger, fewer, more powerful / William E. Porter --
The selection of reality / Edward Jay Epstein --
News as entertainment : the search for dramatic unity / William A. Henry III --
A statesman is a dead politician : candidate images on network news / Michael Jay Robinson --
The news business and business news / Robert L. Bartley --
Holding the media accountable / John L. Hulteng --
Social and cultural impact of mass media / George Comstock --
The last word / Elie Abel.
Responsibility: Elie Abel, editor ; Robert L. Bartley, George Comstock, Edward Jay Epstein, William A. Henry III, John L. Hulteng, Theodore Peterson, Ithiel de Sola Pool, William E. Porter, Michael Jay Robinson, James N. Rosse, Benno C. Schmidt, Jr.

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The twelve thought-provoking essays comprising What's News review recent trends and events that have serious implications for both print and broadcast media in America. These timely studies examine the modern American media in its social, economic, and political context and address issues of current concern regarding the media's approach to and treatment of news. What's News focuses on the growth of the news business as big business and considers the rights of readers and viewers, the accountability of the media to their audience, and recent court decisions on First Amendment cases.

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