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News Coverage of Racial-Minority Mass Publics 10/19/09     Clip on interracial marriage: interracial couple in Louisiana who tried to get  married and the justice of peace refused it saying that kids from those kind of  marriages do not succeed. Attorney general said that justice of the peace was  within  his rights to refuse so his racist decision will not be punished. If people  disagree they just should not vote for him next time What is News? The report of what news organization has recently learned about matters of  some significance or interest to the specific community that news  organizations serve  Newsworthy Journalists’ assessment of what stories are most important and necessary to  report Because of the limited time they have to report the news, they have to split the  time between the stories Goes hand and hand with agenda setting 3 Critical Elements of the News Timeliness: not really news if it didn’t just happen Community Interest Significance  Timeliness The conveyance of information as soon as it is learned  Community Interest AKA appeal to the community curiosity Usually takes the form of human interest stories o People stories evoking audience sympathy or identification Other examples include: 
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o People stories o Role reversals o Exposé anecdotes o Hero stories o Gee-whiz stories  Significance Events that happen “close to home”, plays into the news of the day, plays into  ideas of society  Reporting of concrete events o Easily observable developments associated with news stories  *if stereotypes of been ingrained into our minds and if stories play into that, it  becomes a profit motive, easier to tell these stories, already know the background.  You tell stories people are expecting so people retain it. Something that goes  against your beliefs makes you angry and you reject it* News Coverage of Politics Personalized News: o News that focuses on personalities, to which individuals can attach  emotional meaning o People feel like it could happen to them Dramatized News: o News stories that focus on crisis, personality, and scandal having a  convenient beginning, interesting middle, and satisfying end o Hook you in by leaving you hanging with commercials o Examples: 20-20, 60 min. Fragmented News:
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o News in which chronic problems become newsworthy because they reach  exceptional levels or are associated with some other type of crisis  characteristics  o Examples: lake being low in Austin. As it kept getting lower and lower it  became a more thematic story than an episodic telling of it. Authority-Disorder Bias
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