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Topic 3 - The social construction of news
In 2005, 72% of people indicated that television was their primary source of news coverage.
Only 10% relied upon newspapers to obtain their news, a further 9% relied upon radio.
Selection and presentation of news
McQuail argues that `news' is not objective…
Extraordinariness unexpected, rare, unpredictable and surprising events have more
newsworthiness than routine events because they are out of the ordinary. E.g. The
unexpected death of Diana, Princess of Wales in 1997.
Threshold the intensity of the event. E.g. Hurricane Katrina was the deadliest and most
destructive Atlantic tropical…
journalism is characterised by what he calls churnalism the uncritical over-reliance by
journalists on `facts' churned out by government spin doctors and public relations experts.
He found that 80% of news stories in two national newspapers were sourced in this way
over a two week period in 1997. Only…
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Using material from item C and elsewhere, assess the view that selection and presentation of the news ‘is inevitably partial and biased’