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KEY FEATURES: Coverage of the media’s effects on the 2016 election encourages students to discuss the election while taking into account the broader theoretical concerns about changing news consumption habits and declining political trust. The chapter on partisan news helps students understand the impact of politically polarized news audiences. The chapter on fake news offers students current examples of the political impact of this phenomenon. Examples of the ways in which Americans increasingly have become news grazers show students how growing media choice has transformed how we gather news and is resulting in an increasingly distracted news audience. Discussions about the development of commentary news show how producers have combined drama, opinion, immediacy, and entertainment with straight news content - allowing students to see the impact that this form of news has on the public’s trust in Congress and the media.

Breaking News
Chapter 5 Breaking news

Most news consumers are very familiar with the breaking-news format. A news alert, bulletin, or special report is deemed “breaking” as emerging information is delivered in often an urgent tone or real-time graphics. The breaking-news genre is a more regular part of our news consumption diet with cable and Internet news. Cable and Internet news have elevated our expectations of immediacy and real-time coverage of news events. Looking back to the spring and summer of 2011, we see a case of how cable and Internet news has affected our tastes for breaking news. The case also illustrates how the breaking-news format may impact our perceptions of Congress and the media.

The preceding November 2010 midterm congressional elections provided much of ...

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