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Ambient News
Ambient news

A phrase used by Ian Hargreaves in his book Journalism: Truth or Dare? to signal that the availability of relatively cheap digital technology, combined with the growing economic, political and cultural value of information, have made news more accessible to audiences, to the point where it is omnipresent or ‘ambient’ (Hargreaves, 2003: 3).

Audiences' greatly enhanced access to news reflects: (1) the increased number of media platforms, especially the development of the Internet; (2) access to approximately 250 digital radio and television channels with the consequent increase in news provision; (3) the greater range of news and depth of journalistic analysis offered by the Internet and online newspapers; (4) the availability of news for 24 hours each day instead of being limited to the ...

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