Mass Media: Social Construction of The News

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

  • sending someone overseas is expensive and may result in news reports even if nothing is happening just to justify heavy costs
  • 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
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2. What is "negativity"?

  • bad news is regarded by journalists as more exciting and dramatic than good news and is seen as attracting a bigger audience
  • most news outlets will attempt to balance excessive bad news or foreign news with some items of a more positive or local nature

3. 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

4. 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

5. In 2005, what percentage of people said TV was their primary source of news

  • 72%
  • 50%
  • 90%
  • 20%

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