Infotainment

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  • A media text that combines standard news information and feature stories. News pertains to public issues and the political sphere. Feature stories focus on celebrity culture and human interest. Infotainment generally is more popular in television programming than in other communication mediums. The term marks a tension in contemporary journalism, wherein critics charge that infotainment is not in accord with the traditional ethics of journalism. Infotainers include news anchors/personalities (like Barbara Walters and Katie Couric), who interview celebrities and also report on news. Furthermore, an extension of infotainment is the infomercial, advertisements under the guise of a typical television format.

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