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  • New information about a topic of interest disseminated to a reasonable number of people. The size of the interested audience varies: The mass media may have a potential audience of millions, in contrast to a local newsblog or local paper, with a niche audience of thousands.

    News reporting by the mass media includes newspapers, news programs on radio and television, and news Web sites on the Internet. Newspapers and news programs have limited capacity; therefore, journalists and editors act as gatekeepers when deciding what news to report and what not to report. Under totalitarian regimes, the state decides what news may be released to the public. In the United States, direct state censorship is much less of a concern, but critics argue that news coverage is ...

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