9780761957089

Understanding Global News : A Critical Introduction

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  • ISBN13:

    9780761957089

  • ISBN10:

    0761957081

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1998-02-06
  • Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd
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Summary

A lively and critical introduction to the news media, this book has been written specifically for media students and trainee journalists. Understanding Global News invites the reader to explore contemporary journalistic practice, and questions the assumption that the media provide a mere window on the world.Challenging the often unquestioned notions of media objectivity, the author turns the classic questions: Who? What? When? and Why? onto the news media. By employing a range of theoretical perspectives and a large variety of examples, the author demonstrates the way in which our perceptions of the world are constructed by the news media.

Table of Contents

Preface vii
Introduction
1(205)
What is News, and What is `Nothing New'?
The philosophy of the notable and the inconspicious
22(19)
Which are the World's Most Influential Media?
The economics of rich and poor media markets
41(24)
Who are Journalists and how do They Work?
The sociology of professionals and laymen
65(20)
Who Gets to Speak in the World News?
The politics of loud and whispering voices
85(24)
When Does Something Become World News?
The history of ruptures and continuities
109(18)
Where Does World News Come From?
The geography of centres and peripheries
127(17)
How are Messages Formulated?
The linguistics of lines and between the lines
144(22)
How do Images Come About?
The semiology of what is seen and overseen
166(24)
What Effects do the Media Have?
The psychology of compassion and misunderstanding
190(16)
Conclusion: Us, We and Them
206(10)
Appendix: Studying Global Media 216(12)
Bibliography 228(7)
Index 235

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