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.

Non-Governmental Organisations and the Media

Non-governmental organisations and the media

It is only recently that questions have opened up about the potential influence of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in media terms. For a long time the only story deemed worth telling was how capitalist media values operate systematically to delegitimise non-official sources. For example, Roland Barthes once dismissed the media appearances of trade unions and other pressure groups as ‘a small inoculation of acknowledged evil’ (quoted in Fiske 1987: 39). Even when commentators acknowledged the political importance of nongovernmental organisations, many underplayed the significance of media and communication issues as catalysts for these changes (e.g. Rose 1988; Coxall 1986).

In this chapter I review recent research on NGOs and the media that suggests these generalisations are increasingly difficult ...

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