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Written by two practitioner-academics (who between them have more than fifty years of news industry experience), News Values for the 21st Century analyses the shape of the news industry - a world of rolling news and multimedia platforms, and a world where broadcast news is increasingly considered another element of show business. Detailed chapters include critiques of existing theories, close study of the newspaper, radio, television and internet news channels, plus informative chapters on the many factors that shape the news we read, watch and hear including the role of the citizen journalist, user-generated content, spin doctors, and the new wave of press barons. Further chapters provide detailed analysis of the way in which the same story is treated across different media channels, and how ...

National Television News: The Problem Child of the News Family
National television news: The problem child of the news family

Television news has a problem that has arisen gradually over the past decade. From being a simple, straightforward conduit of information, it has been forced – as part of the overall shifting shape of television – to assume a higher level of entertainment content. This does not necessarily mean that the information level packed into any given item or overall show is reduced – but logic dictates that something has to give, and the reality is that the educative element (of the ‘holy triumvirate’ first laid out in the 1920s by John Reith that all broadcasting should educate, inform and entertain) is likely to be sacrificed. ...

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