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.

News Audiences and News Sources

News audiences and news sources

The opening chapter discussed Habermas's concept of the public sphere. The point was made that for Habermas, the public sphere represents the place where ‘private individuals come together as a public’. In the contemporary world it could be understood as the point at which, to use Habermas's phrase, the lifeworld of the individual intersects with the public beliefs and ideas circulated through mass communication systems. Exactly how the ideas and categories of meaning circulated by mass communication systems, such as news media, intersect with the beliefs of individuals and exactly how individuals or small social groups use their ‘decoding skills’ to make sense of media messages, are questions which continue to preoccupy media researchers. Drawing upon ...

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