Media Anthropology represents a convergence of issues and interests on anthropological approaches to the study of media. The purpose of this reader is to promote the identity of the field of study; identify its major concepts, methods, and bibliography; comment on the state of the art; and provide examples of current research. Based on original articles by leading scholars from several countries and academic disciplines, Media Anthropology provides essays introducing the issues, reviewing the field, forging new conceptual syntheses.

News as Myth: Daily News and Eternal Stories

News as myth: Daily news and eternal stories

News stories do not arrive fully formed on the dusty computer screens of journalists, although journalists sometimes wish they would. Stories are shaped by many forces. The process begins early. Even as a story is assigned, editors and reporters make sure they have a mutual understanding of “the story.”

Other forces then begin to act on the story. Colleagues may suggest their own interpretations. Expectations of the publisher or broadcast owner may be well known in the newsroom. Previous stories found in databases or clippings files have influence. Conventions and traditions, such as inverted pyramid leads and codes of objectivity, guide research and writing. Sources have their own view of the ...

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