The SAGE Key Concepts series provide students with accessible and authoritative knowledge of the essential topics in a variety of disciplines. Cross-referenced throughout, the format encourages critical evaluation through understanding. Written by experienced and respected academics, the books are indispensable study aids and guides to comprehension. Key Concepts in Journalism offers a systematic and accessible introduction to the terms, processes, and effects of journalism;a combination of practical considerations with theoretical issues; and further reading suggestions. The authors bring an enormous range of experience in newspaper and broadcast journalism, at national and regional level, as well as their teaching expertise. This book will be essential reading for students in journalism, and an invaluable reference tool for their professional careers.

Propaganda Model
Propaganda model

Perhaps the most systematic and theoretically rigorous lapdog theory of journalism, the propaganda model of Herman and Chomsky ([1988]2002) was developed in order to (first) prove and (second) explain the persistently uncritical reliance of the news media on corporate and otherwise elite sources. Herman and Chomsky ([1988]2002) illustrate that the news media serve political and/or economic elites, promoting their agenda(s) and protecting their interests to the exclusion of democratic views and the welfare of the majority more generally. In the words of Klaehn (2003: 363), the model ‘is concerned with the question of how the interrelations of state, corporate capitalism and corporate media can be seen to influence media content’.

Contrary to certain criticisms the model does not suggest any ‘conspiracy’, either between ...

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