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.

TV Journalism and Deliberative Democracy: Mediating Communicative Action

TV Journalism and Deliberative Democracy: Mediating Communicative Action

TV journalism and deliberative democracy: Mediating communicative action

Today we live in a world in which conflict and contestation are endemic and in which communicative power is routinely mobilised by strategic interests via the media. This chapter sets out to explore how this communicative action is ‘mediated’ in and through the principal informational and deliberative genres of television journalism – news and current affairs – and how these variously enable or disable the public elaboration and, importantly, discursive engagement of contending perspectives and interests.1 This chapter examines a dimension of media access and promotion that all too often is overlooked in empirical sociological studies of hierarchies of access and source media strategies, as well as by culturalist readings ...

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