This book covers the key concepts central to understanding recent developments in media and communications studies. Wide-ranging in scope and accessible in style it sets out a useful, clear map of the important theories, methods, and debates.

The entries critically explore the limits of a key concept as much as the traditions that define it. They include clear definitions, are introduced within the wider context of the field and each one is fully cross-referenced, is clearly illustrated with relevant examples, and provides a guide to further reading and an index.

This book is an essential resource for students in media and communications and for those studying sociology, cultural sociology, cultural studies, and sociology of media.

News Values

News values

The relationship between ‘news’ and ‘values’ is perhaps one of the most confusing relationships of all for the media and communications studies initiates. As with comparable terms, the ambiguities are largely a result of social contestation over meanings – much is at stake, within and beyond the academy, in claiming that yours is the ‘definitive’ account of the responsibilities and practices of news producers.

We have chosen ‘news values’ as our point of entry to this cluster of issues because it operates very much like one of Raymond Williams’ keywords – that is, its meaning is ‘shared’ between an academic sense, developed among researchers of news, and an ordinary language sense, developed among ...

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