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Cover Image: Encyclopedia of Media and Politics
  • Date: 10/22/2006
  • Format: Print Cloth
  • Price: $185.00
  • ISBN: 978-1-56802-835-4
  • Pages: 400
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Encyclopedia of Media and Politics
Todd Schaefer
Thomas Birkland


The relationship between media and politics receives constant attention and creates heated debate. The Encyclopedia of Media and Politics offers an authoritative, unbiased exploration of the intersection between media and politics, from larger themes such as the role of media in civil, democratic society, to more specific topics such as media ownership and regulation.

The topics covered include:

  • Business and institutional aspects of the media;
  • Evolution and impact of different media including newspapers; broadcast and cable television; and new technologies;
  • Coverage of and relations with the White House, Congress, political parties, and other political institutions;
  • Legislation and court cases affecting the media;
  • Important debates, such as those over media bias and election coverage;
  • Profiles of organizations and agencies, such as the Federal Communications Commission;
  • Profiles of influential media outlets;
  • Biographies of important figures.
  • With articles contributed by scholars and practitioners, this volume provides both academic analysis and practical insights on the history, impact, and roles of the media in politics. Additional key information is provided through photographs, tables, figures, appendices, and an index. School, academic, and public libraries as well as libraries that serve media and professionals in related areas will want to acquire this important new resource for their patrons.

    Reviews
    "The Encyclopedia of Media and Politics distinguishes itself as the only reference work focusing on the junction of the civic and the journalistic....Highly recommended. Library collections supporting journalism, political science, communication, public affairs, or related programs; lower-level undergraduates through professionals/practitioners; general readers." - Choice

    "For those law libraries or non-law libraries with legal sections that serve the community at large, this book would be a useful and valuable addition. Ideally, this book would serve as a ready reference tool for library staff. For patrons it offers an easy-to-read and quick introduction to the topics contained within the volume."
    - Legal Information Alert
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    Todd Schaefer


    Thomas Birkland
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