Mass Media: Social Construction of The News

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1. What are financial constraints?

  • sending someone overseas is expensive and may result in 'news' reports even if nothing is happening just to justify such heavy costs
  • time and space available for news bulletins or newspaper columns
  • content and style of news dependent on audience
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2. What is "personalisation"?

  • prominent individual or celebrity to achieve similar recognition
  • Murders, motorway pile ups and plane crashes happen suddenly and their meaning can be established quickly

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 "extroadinariness"?

  • unexpected, rare and surprising events have more newsworthiness than routine events because they are out of the ordinary
  • the bigger the size of the event the more likely it will be nationally reported

5. What did the GUMG look at?

  • Football hooliganism
  • Miner's strike
  • The holocaust

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