Making Laws and Making News: Media Strategies in the U.S. House of Representatives

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Brookings Institution Press - Social Science - 210 pages
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The news media, especially television, have become a fixture on Capitol Hill in the past twenty years. Making Laws and Making News describes the interactive relationship between the press and Congress that strongly affects the news, the legislative process, and the types of laws enacted. Instead of focusing on how reporters decide who and what to cover and how news is resented, Cook examines the other side of the equation--the relationship between the media strategies of House member's press offices and the legislative strategies of the members themselves.The book won the 1990 Benjamin Franklin Award for Excellence in Independent Publishing.
 

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Contents

Making the Connections
1
Publicity Drives Out Legislating
4
Publicity Is Irrelevant to Legislating
5
Making News Leads to Making Laws
7
The Capitol Hill Perspective
10
Regulation and Accommodation
13
Before the Reporter
14
Beginnings of the Washington Press Corps
17
Media Strategy and Publicity
108
Publicity and Voters Decisions
110
Less Is Not More for the Voters
114
Setting the Congressional Agenda
118
The Media and the Agenda
120
Choosing an Issue
125
Party Leaders and the Agenda
129
A Case Study
132

Toward Modern Washington Journalism
19
Entry of the Electronic Media
24
Who Leads the Dance?
30
House Reporters and House Reporting
32
What and Who Become News
44
The Shape of Congressional Coverage
57
Localizing and Specializing
69
Press Secretaries and Media Strategies
71
The Professionalizing of Press Secretaries
72
Local and National Newsmaking
81
Media Strategies in the HighTech Era
89
The House in the Media Age
100
Getting Reelected
103
Press Secretaries Priorities
104
Campaign Coverage
106
Congressional Agendas and Media Agendas
146
Enacting Legislation
149
Can Complementarity Work?
150
The Outsider and the Inside Strategy
155
The Insider and the Outside Strategy
160
Legislating under the Spotlight
165
Media Power and Congressional Power
167
Policymaking Processes and the Media
169
Congress and MassMediated Democracy
171
Methodology
179
House Members and Network Evening News
192
Press Secretarys Job Description
199
Index
203
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