Mass Media: Social Construction of The News

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1. What is meant by "time that is available"?

  • time/space for a news bulletin or column in newspaper
  • news usually happened day before - tv news is instant as it broadcasts when it happens
  • sending someone overseas is expensive and may result in news reports even if nothing is happening just to justify heavy costs
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2. What is "unambiguity"?

  • events that are easy to grasp are more likely to be reported than those which are open to more than one interpretation or where prior knowledge is needed
  • the famous and powerful are often seen as more newsworthy to the general public than those who are regarded as ordinary

3. What is "Threshold"?

  • the bigger the size of the event the more likely it will be nationally reported
  • events that are easy to grasp are more likely to be reported

4. What is meant by "audiences"?

  • news usually happened day before - tv news is instant as it broadcasts as it happens
  • content and style is dependent on the type of audience
  • sending someone overseas is expensive and may result in news reports even if nothing is happening to justify heavy costs

5. What is "reference to elite persons"?

  • the famous and powerful are often seen as more newsworthy to the general public than those who are regarded as ordinary
  • stories about people who speak the same language, look the same and share the same preoccupations as the audience receive more coverage than those involving people who do not

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