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The SAGE Handbook of Media Studies examines the theories, practices, and future of this fast-growing field. Editor John Downing and associate editors Denis McQuail, Philip Schlesinger, and Ellen Wartella have brought together a team of international contributors to provide a varied critical analysis of this intensely interesting field of study. The Handbook offers a comprehensive review within five interconnected areas: humanistic and social scientific approaches; global and comparative perspectives; the relation of media to economy and power; media users; and elements in the media mosaic ranging from popular music to digital technologies, from media ethics to advertising, and from Hollywood and Bollywood to alternative media.

News Media Production: Individuals, Organizations, and Institutions
News media production: Individuals, organizations, and institutions

The mass media have been studied in reasonably formal and systematic ways for quite a long time, about as long as Western media systems have been composed of “true” mass media as we tend to define them today—as mechanisms for delivering content to large, heterogeneous, dispersed, anonymous audiences that have restricted opportunities to respond to the producers of that content (cf. McQuail, 2000). Because media organizations, industries, and institutions are sites of research—and at various levels of analysis, a variety of methods of studying them have been employed—we first briefly survey the history of systematically studying media, delineate the most frequently employed theoretical models used in the field, summarize an argument for ...

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