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News and News Sources: A Critical Introduction

by Manning P SAGE Publications Ltd
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News and News Sources offers a fresh introduction to the sociology of news.It is often suggested that the powerful dominate news agendas. Increasingly however, less powerful groups are employing sophisticated media strategies and new communications technologies to get their message across. The implications of this development are unclear. Do these developments herald a `democratisation' of news arenas, or will they enable the powerful further strengthen their control over the flow of information to the public domain?News and News Sources:· Reviews new research in the rapidly expanding field of political communication, drawing upon material from Britain, Europe and the USA· Provides a clear introduction to the processes of news production and the implications of the rise in global electronic news communication· Assesses the various theoretical frameworks available for analysing these developments including fuctionalism, pluralism, Marxism, political economy, hegemony theory, discourse theory and postmodernism. The book will be invaluable to both students and those researching topics in media and communication studies, politics, sociology and geography.

Why Worry about the Sources of News Theorizing News Media and News Sources Journalists and News Production Proprietors, Corporations and Politicians Political Elites, the State and Categories of Knowledge Considering the Powerful and Politically Marginal News Media Politics and the Politically Marginal News Audiences and News Sources

`An exceptionally well-written text which gives readers a lucid, authoritative, well-researched and theoretically sophisticated guide to the relationship between news media and their "sources" - the people and organisations that seek to appear in and shape the news' - Professor Peter Golding, Loughborough University

`Manning does an excellent job of combining what we know from the existing literature with his own research, and presenting a useful framework for doing analyses of news sources' - Peter D Dahlgren, The University of Lund

Paul manning is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at De Monfort University