Introducing theoretical ideas and the latest empirical findings in this fast-developing field of media communication scholarship and study News, Public Relations and Power has contributions from leading international researchers who address issues such as: the rapid growth of public relations and its impact on news production; state information management strategies in times of internal political dissent; political parties and mediated `spin' conducted at national and local levels; the historically changing nature of war journalism; and tabloid television and forms of cultural representation. The book begins with Simon Cottle's introduction which sets out the key ideas and approaches in the field.

News, Public Relations and Power: Mapping the Field

News, Public Relations and Power: Mapping the Field

News, public relations and power: Mapping the field

We are living in increasingly ‘promotional times’. Today states, corporate organisations as well as diverse pressure groups and new social movements all seek to put their message across via the media in pursuit of disparate organisational interests, collective aims and public legitimacy. The study of media sources and public relations, therefore, takes us to the heart of key concerns and debates about the media's relation to wider structures and systems of power. It invites us to reconsider the relative power of the media in relation to other organised interests, as well as the nature of the mechanisms that link them and through which they interact. Small wonder, perhaps, that the ...

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