Choosing the News: The Profit Factor in News Selection

Choosing the News: The Profit Factor in News Selection

by Philip Gaunt
Choosing the News: The Profit Factor in News Selection

Choosing the News: The Profit Factor in News Selection

by Philip Gaunt


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This unique book presents a comparative study of foreign news coverage in regional newspapers in the United States, Britain, and France. Jourbanalistic images are quite distinct in these countries, but the news content in general, and foreign news in particular, appear to be remarkably uniform. Why is this so? Choosing the News proposes a taxonomy of factors affecting the selection of foreign news, showing how different groups of factors interact with each other. The book argues that, while profit may have become an invisible gatekeeper in the process of news selection, there are no alternative sources of media-funding that would be acceptable in democratic societies. Choosing the News is the only book of its kind to offer an in-depth examination of the self-perceptions of jourbanalists in the United States, Britain, and France.

Part I one of the book, Jourbanalistic Images, describes how different perceptions of jourbanalism have developed over time in each country. It then shows how these perceptions are reinforced and perpetuated through jourbanalism training. Finally, it tracks some of the major trends that have shaped jourbanalism and jourbanalistic procedures since the end of World War II, in particular group ownership, increased competition, and new technologies. Part II, Jourbanalistic Choices, analyzes the factors that affect the selection of foreign news. Systematic content analysis of foreign news content in three regional dailies confirms that coverage has indeed become strikingly homogeneous. Participant observation and interviews with jourbanalists and editors in each of the three countries suggest that this uniformity is the result of technological innovations introduced by profit-oriented management as group ownership has sought to contend with increased competition. The book offers a bibliography that should be useful to scholars in the field. This book can be used in schools of jourbanalism, community libraries, and by media executives and jourbanalists. It also makes informative reading for anyone interested in the media and media ownership.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313268472
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 02/08/1990
Series: Contributions to the Study of Mass Media and Communications Series , #16
Pages: 193
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

PHILIP GAUNT is a Visiting Professor in the School of Jourbanalism at Indiana University. He has also been a jourbanalist, a public relations consultant, and a media specialist with UNESCO.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
Jourbanalistic Images
Jourbanalistic Traditions
Jourbanalism Training
Recent Developments
Jourbanalistic Choices
How the Study Was Done

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