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.

Bad News
Bad news

This was the title of the first book, in a pioneering series of books, produced by the Glasgow Media Group which explored the way in which television journalists reported contemporary industrial relations (GMG, 1976). The Bad News studies (Bad News, 1976; More Bad News, 1980; Really Bad News, 1982; War and Peace News, 1985; and Bad News from Israel, 2004) rejected the ‘common-sense’ view that television news coverage of the economy, industrial relations and war was balanced or neutral, arguing that news was simply an artifice which systematically articulated a partial viewpoint reflecting the special status and credibility afforded to certain sectional interests (Eldridge, 2000: 114).

The Bad News series, which aimed ‘to examine how news bulletins were organised and constructed in general’ as ...

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