Understanding Global News: A Critical Introduction

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SAGE, Jan 23, 1998 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 239 pages
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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.

  

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Contents

WHICH ARE THE WORLDS MOST INFLUENTIAL
41
WHO ARE JOURNALISTS AND HOW DO THEY
65
WHO GETS TO SPEAK IN THE WORLD NEWS?
85
WHEN DOES SOMETHING BECOME WORLD NEWS?
109
WHERE DOES WORLD NEWS COME FROM?
127
HOW ARE MESSAGES FORMULATED?
144
HOW DO IMAGES COME ABOUT?
166
WHAT EFFECTS DO THE MEDIA HAVE?
190
US WE AND THEM
206
STUDYING GLOBAL MEDIA
216
INDEX
235
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Jaap van Ginneken is Assistant Professor in the Communication Department, Amsterdam University.

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