Mass Media: Social Construction of The News

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1. What is meant by "audiences"?

  • 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
  • news usually happened day before - tv news is instant as it broadcasts as it happens
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2. What is meant by "deadlines"?

  • time available for news bulletin and space available for column in newspaper
  • News usually happened the day before - tv news is instant as it broadcasts as it happens
  • content and style is dependent on the type of audience

3. Why does agenda setting mean that the news is socially constructed?

  • people can only discuss and form opinions about things they have been informed about - mass media that provide this information
  • editors, journalists and sometimes owners, make choices about what events are important enough to cover and how to cover them

4. Why has the internet age changed the nature of news forever?

  • people can now post blog posts/videos online to inform people about the truth of a situation
  • it is becoming harder for the ruling class to hide stories that threaten their power
  • citizen journalism

5. What is gate - keeping?

  • media's power to refuse to cover some issues and to let others through
  • media's influence in laying down the list of subjects, or agenda for public discussion

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