Class and News

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2004-05-17
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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Class and News is a multidisciplinary collection of essays examining how the news media treats or neglects social structure in everyday reporting. Are certain stories chosen for their appeal to the upper or middle classes? Are stories of interest to lower class readers/viewers avoided? How are issues of social order reported or reflected in stories that aren't about class? This in-depth work will be a valuable resource for students, scholars, and general readers interested in the dynamics of class and news in the United States.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations xi
Acknowledgments xiii
Introduction 1(5)
Don Heider
1 Media, Class, and Power: Debunking the Myth of a Classless Society 6(17)
Deepa Kumar
Part I: Class in Print 23(62)
2 Choosing Sources: How the Press Perpetuated the Myth of the Single Mother on Welfare
Janet Blank-Libra
3 Poor People in the News: Images from the Journalistic Subconscious
Martin Gilens
4 Picturing Class: Mining the Field of Front-Page Photographs for Keys to Accidental Communities of Memory
Julianne H. Newton, Dennis J. Dunleavy, Chad Okrusch, and Gabriela Martinez
Part II: Class on Television 85(80)
5 Class and Local TV News
Don Heider and Koji Fuse
6 The Social Stratification Potential of Tabloid and Highbrow Newsmagazine Programs
Maria Elizabeth Grabe
7 Constructing a Televisual Class: Newsmagazines and Social Class
Jennie Phillips
8 Calling Class: Sports Announcers and the Culture of Poverty
James A. Rada and K. Tim Wulfemeyer
Part III: Constructing Class Groups 165(66)
9 "America Is a Middle-Class Nation": The Presentation of Class in the Pages of Life
Sheila M. Webb
10 Tales Told in Two Cities: When Missing Girls Are(n't) News
Carol M. Liebler
11 "Trailer Park Trash": News, Ideology, and Depictions of the American Underclass
Joseph C. Harry
Part IV: Labor, Workers, and News 231(50)
12 The Emergence of Class Consciousness in the American Newspaper Guild
Bonnie Brennen
13 Writing the Workers' World Trade Center: An Analysis of Reportage on Ground Zero in the Aftermath of September 11, 2001
Laura Hapke
14 UPS Strike Coverage and the Future of Labor in Corporate News
Christopher R. Martin
Part V: Prospects for Change 281(57)
15 Good News from a Bad Neighborhood: Urban Journalism and Community Assets
James S. Ettema and Limor Peer
16 Class and Media Influence in Australia
Paul Jones and Michael Pusey
17 Television Civic Journalism and the Portrayal of Class
David D. Kurpius
Epilogue 338(6)
Don Heider
Index 344(11)
About the Contributors 355

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