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Unformatted text preview: Chapter 10- The News Media: Communicating Political Images News o Mainly an account of obtruding events, particularily those that are timely, dramatic, and compelling Press/news media o News organizations and journalists The American press initally was tied to the nations political party system (the partisan press) but gradually developed an independent position (the objective press) Tradtional news organizations have faced increased competition for peoples attention. Cable and internet have contributed to a fragmenting of the news audience, and, to a lesser extent, the rise of opinionated journalism The news media play several roles: the signaling role, the common-carrier role, the watchdog, the representative role Historical Development: From Partisanship to Objective Journalism Alexander Hamilton persuaded John Fenno to start a newspaper (Gazette of the United States) in order to publicize the policies of Washingtons administration Printed on flat presses o Limited production o Kept cost of each copy beyond the reach of ordinary citizens Papers could not have survived without party support...
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This note was uploaded on 03/31/2008 for the course POLI 100 taught by Professor Rabinowitz during the Fall '07 term at UNC.
- Fall '07