Cultural Meanings of News : A Text-Reader

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  • Copyright: 2010-03-30
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications, Inc
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What is news?á Why does news turn out like it does?á What factors influence the creation, production, and dissemination of news?Cultural Meanings of News takes on these deceptively simple questions through an essential collection ofáseminal and contemporary studies by leaders in the fields of mass communication and media studies.á Similar in format and purpose to editor Dan Berkowitz's award-winning Social Meanings of News, this new volume represents a conceptual update, a continuation of the discourse about the nature of news and how it comes to be, moving ideas ahead from the earlier tradition of sociological approaches to the more pervasive cultural perspectives that inform understandings about news.Cultural Meanings of News provides a carefully selected set of readings, organized into thematic areas that each probe a dimension of the literature:á from sociological roots to cultural perspectives; news as narrative and cultural text; newswork as cultural ritual; news as cultural myth; news and its interpretive communities; news as a source and reflection of collective memory; toward the future of news research.á This text-reader provides students and scholars with first-hand exposure to cultural approaches to the study of news, while also providing an organizing framework for understanding the commonalties and differences between threads in the research.á The goals are to engage readers through guided immersion in the material.

Table of Contents

Introducation: From Journalistic Roots to Cultural Perspectives
A Framework for Thinking About the Meanings of News
Understanding the Global Journalist: A Hierarchy of Influences Approach
What Is Journalism? Preofessional Identity and Ideology of Journalists Reconsidered
Deconstructing Journalism Culture: Toward a Universal Theory
Cultural Practice of Journalism
The Socially Responsible Existentialist: A Normative Emphasis for Journalists in a New Media Environment
Blasphemy as Sacred Rite/Right: 'The Mohammed Cartoons Affair' and Maintenance of Journalistic Ideology
The Journalistic Gut Feeling: Journalistic Doxa, News Habitus and Orthodox News Values
Media Ritual in Catastrophic Time: The Populist Turn in Television Coverage of Hurricane Katrina
Making Meaning in the Journalistic Interpretive Community
War Journalism and the 'KIA Journalist': The Cases of David Bloom and Michael Kelly
The Importance of Ritual in Crisis Journalism
'Someone's Gotta Be in Control Here': The Institutionalization of Online News and the Creation of Shared Jounalistic Authority
Broader and Deeper: A Study of Newsroom Culture in a Time of Change
Repairing the Jounalistic Paradigm
The Princess and the Paparazzi: Blame, Responsibility, and the Media's Role in the Death of Diana
'These Crowded Circumstances': When Pack Journalists Bash Pack Journalism
Israeli Image Repair: Recasting the Deviant Actor to Retell the Story
A Paradigm in Process: What the Scapegoating of Vusi Mona Signalled About South African Journalism
News Narratives as Cultural Text
Why Peace Journalism Isn't News
'Lost Boys' and the Promised Land: U.S. Newspaper Coverage of Sudanese Refugees
Crafting Cultural Resonance: Imaginative Power in Everyday Journalism
Medea in the Media: Narrative and Myth in the Newspaper Coverage of Women Who Kill Their Children
News as Collective Memory
Reporting Through the Lens of the Past: From Challenger to Columbia
Memory in Journalism and the Memory of Journalism: Israeli Journalists and the Constructed Legacy of Haolam Hazeh
Making Memories Matter: Journalistic Authority and the Memorializing Discourse Around Mary McGrory and David Brinkley
' We Were All There': Remembering America in the Anniversary Coverage of Hurricane Katrina
Epilogue: Reflecting on Cultural Meanings of News
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