News and News Sources offers a fresh introduction to the sociology of news. News and News Sources: reviews new research in the rapidly expanding field of political communication, drawing upon material from Britain, Europe and the USA; provides a clear introduction to the processes of news production and the implications of the rise in global electronic news communication; and assesses the various theoretical frameworks available for analysing these developments including fuctionalism, pluralism, Marxism, political economy, hegemony theory, discourse theory and postmodernism.

Journalists and News Production

Journalists and news production

Press officers and public relations staff will often comment that one of the essential attributes for doing their kind of work effectively is a good understanding of how news journalists do their job and the pressures or constraints associated with ‘making the news’. After all, to place a story in the news media, or influence an emerging news media agenda, source organisations need an understanding of the news values which guide journalists in their selection of particular news items and an awareness of the rhythms or routines that characterise the workings of mainstream news organisations. Accordingly, this chapter explores the ways in which news organisations manage the processes through which information is gathered and transformed into news and ...

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