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Cover Image: The Politics of News: The News of Politics, 2nd Edition
  • Date: 07/13/2007
  • Format: Print Paperback
  • Price: $49.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-87289-406-8
  • Pages: 277
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The Politics of News: The News of Politics, 2nd Edition
Doris A. Graber, University of Illinois at Chicago
Denis McQuail, University of Amsterdam
Pippa Norris, Harvard University
Editors


Books on journalists typically focus on the dynamics of the newsmaking process. The Politics of News: The News of Politics extends this examination to explore the struggle between journalists, political actors, and the public for control of the news in democratic countries. The book shows how the news media function as an intermediary between governments and citizens, as well as between political actors (such as parties and interest groups) and the public.

Essays present a diversity of views and are written by a distinguished group of authors that includes such luminaries as Jim Lehrer, Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Robert Picard, and Andrew Kohut. The Politics of News is policy-oriented. By diagnosing problems faced by those whose influence affects newsmaking in both existing and emerging democracies, authors generate ideas about possible reforms. Several chapters offer comparative analysis that offer students insight into the impact of cultural factors on newsmaking.

Accessible yet sophisticated, this anticipated second edition covers significant issues surrounding political news, ranging from the limits of press freedom during times of war and the implications of media concentration for democratic participation, to the ingenious ways that governments and interest groups draw attention to their concerns.

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Accessible yet sophisticated, this anticipated second edition covers significant issues surrounding political news, ranging from the limits of press freedom during times of war and the implications of media concentration for democratic participation, to the ingenious ways that governments and interest groups draw attention to their concerns.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Politics of News in a Democracy
Doris Graber, Denis McQuail, and Pippa Norris

Section I: Journalists
1. Political Roles of the Journalist
Thomas Patterson

2. Icon-Anchors and Russian Television Viewers
Ellen Mickiewicz

3. Guidelines for Journalism Professionals: A Broadcast Journalist's Views
Jim Lehrer

Section II: Political Actors
4. Government News Management – Institutional Approaches and Strategies in three Western Democracies Reconsidered
Barbara Pfetsch

5. The News Shapers: Strategic Communication as a Third Force in News Making
Jarol B. Manheim

6. Unmasking Deception: The Capacity, Disposition, and Challenges Facing the Press
Kathleen Hall Jamieson and Bruce W. Hardy

Section III: The Public's Voice
7. Advertising and Citizen Voting Behavior
Darrell M. West

8. Free Falls, High Dives, and the Future of Democratic Accountability
Scott L.Althaus

9. Polls
Andrew Kohut

Section IV: The Changing Context of Political News
10. The Challenges of Public Functions and Commercialized Media
Robert G. Picard

11. Globalization and the New Media
W. Russell Neuman

12. Press Freedom and Democratic Accountability in a Time of War, Commercialism, and the Internet
W. Lance Bennett and Regina G. Lawrence

Conclusion: Journalism and Democracy: Contemporary Challenges
Denis McQuail, Doris Graber, and Pippa Norris

Bio(s)
Doris A. Graber, University of Illinois at Chicago

Doris A. Graber is professor of political science at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has written and edited numerous articles and books on the media and public opinion, including Mass Media and American Politics, Seventh Edition (2006), The Power of Communication: Managing Information in Public Organizations (2003), and Processing Politics: Learning from Television in the Internet Age (2001), which won the 2003 Goldsmith Book Prize. This award is given by the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics, and Public Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government.



Denis McQuail, University of Amsterdam

Denis McQuail is emeritus professor of communication at the University of Amsterdam and visiting professor in the Department of Politics, University of Southampton. His books include Audience Analysis (1997) and McQuail's Mass Communication Theory (5th ed. 2005), a comprehensive introduction to the field that takes full account of new technologies and globalization issues. His most recent edited collection is Communication Theory and Research (2006), which presents outstanding studies in communications research published during the last decade. The selections are drawn from the European Journal of Communication, a leading international journal, founded by McQuail, Peter Golding and Els De Bens.



Pippa Norris, Harvard University

Pippa Norris is Director of the Democratic Governance group in the United Nations Development Programme in New York and the Maguire Lecturer in Comparative Politics at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. Recent books include Sacred and Secular: Politics and Religion Worldwide (with Ronald Inglehart, 2004), Electoral Engineering: Voting Rules and Political Behavior (2004), and Driving Democratization: What Works (2006). Norris, who is a political scientist, has served as an expert consultant for many international bodies including the UN, UNESCO, the Council of Europe, International IDEA, the National Endowment for Democracy, and the UK Electoral Commission.

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