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.

‘A Good Day to Bury Bad News?’: Journalists, Sources and the Packaging of Politics

‘A Good Day to Bury Bad News?’: Journalists, Sources and the Packaging of Politics

‘A good day to bury bad news?’: Journalists, sources and the packaging of politics

On 10 October 2001 British newspapers published a leaked email drafted by government special adviser (spin doctor) Jo Moore, within minutes of the attack on the World Trade Center in New York on 11 September. The email, addressed to her colleagues in the Press Office suggested, ‘it's now a very good day to get out anything we want to bury’ (Daily Telegraph, 10 October 2001: 2). Many journalists, politicians and members of the public expressed their outrage at such apparently cynical and opportunist attempts to manage the news: seasoned journalistic voices offered more phlegmatic appraisals. ‘Spin of this ...

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