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Metacoverage is a term used to describe a type of news story that contains one, or both, of the following main topics: (a) the behaviors, roles, standards, products, and practices of individual journalists or news organizations; (b) the roles, activities, and practices of publicity experts whose main occupation is to garner media visibility and coverage for political clients, such as candidates, governmental officials, political parties, or for business clients, such as corporations or celebrities. In short, metacoverage is news about the news media itself or about publicity processes, some of which, but not all, are covered in terms of how well they succeed at garnering favorable news coverage.

Metacoverage is present in both print and broadcast news formats specifically devoted to how, how much, when, and ...

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