Media and Public Policy Exam 1 Review

Media and Public Policy Exam 1 Review - Media and Public...

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Media and Public Policy Exam #1 Review Short Answer #1: Please explain the “Mediated Policy Process” (both model and definition) and how it demonstrates the struggle between government, business, and public. Additionally list the 9 principles that underpin policy making in the US and explain how they shape media policy. Mediated Policy Process – Issues of authority Characteristics of Public Policy: Interdependent Changing Historical One group may have more power than the other at any given time, but that can change in an instant. Social Actors Media Monitoring Groups Social movements Federal agencies Big businesses Politicians Policy Systems Power structure Laws and Regulations Legislative system Judicial System Administrative system Municipal government International organization State government Political Economy Exchange relationship Material realities Historical context Political Power 9 Principles that underpin policy making in the US and how they shape the media: 1. Public Interest – How policy affects the well being of the general population. Ex. Anti- drug ads.
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2. Constitutional Rights – The rights you are given as a US citizen that are constantly interpreted at different levels. Ex) Free speech vs. decency. 3. Emancipated policies – The ability to be able to believe in certain actions or decisions rather than choosing a specific party or “side”. Ex) neutral party 4. Free Market – An economy based on capitalism and Laissez-Faire policy, in which in theory the government plays a minimal role and competition is encouraged. Ex) US economy – in theory. 5. Democracy – Government or institution serving public interest based on the ideas of majority rules over decisions, influence: gives an illusion of an equal fair say in decisions. Ex) Voting in US elections 6. Resources – Credible person(s) or expert(s) that can provide accurate information about a certain subject or issue, available to anyone, anywhere, anytime. Ex) think tanks – white house and capitol hill 7. Access – The ability to obtain information through specific outlets or by certain means (TV, radio, newspapers). 8.
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This note was uploaded on 04/16/2008 for the course COMM 397 taught by Professor Castaneda during the Fall '07 term at UMass (Amherst).

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