Exam 2 Notes - [10/1911/16 October19,2009 [PowerPoint1...

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                                                      GOV 312L EXAM II MATERIAL [ 10/19-11/16 ] October 19, 2009 NEWS COVERAGE OF RACIAL-MINORITY MASS PUBLICS [PowerPoint 1] Outline What is news? What gets to be news? Covering Politics The reality of race and crime news Dixon and Linz and patterns of minority crime in news Effects of crime distortion (Gilliam and Lyengar; Valentino) Summary What is  News ?   o           The report of what a news organization has recently learned about matters of some  significance or interest to the specific community  that news organization  serves       Newsworthy   o             Journalists’ assessment of what stories are most important and  necessary to  report       3 Critical Elements of the News:   Timeliness Community Interest  and  Significance       Timeliness   o             The conveyance of information as soon as it’s learned   - The critical importance of timeliness necessarily limits news to  information that is superficial Community Interest   o             AKA appeals to community curiosity   o             Usually takes the form of human interest stories   o             People  stories evoking audience sympathy or identification   o             Other examples include:   -People stories – ordinary people acting in unusual ways -Role reversals – departures from the expected (“man bites dog”)
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-Expose anecdotes – corruption in police dept/ cop convicted in drunk  driving/ condemn actors and activities that violate enduring activities -Hero stories –  ordinary people overcoming villains or nature -  -Gee-whiz stories – weird/ art cars/  stories that evoke surprise, such  as fads or freak occurances Significance   o             Events that happen “close to home”   o             Reporting of concrete events   o             Easily observable developments associated with news  stories     Bottom Line:  If these stories have been ingrained in our society and we know that a majority of people hold on to these values – profit motive – reporting stories people are expecting and going to retain audiences much easier   News Coverage of Politics   o             Personalized News   o         News that focuses on personalities, to which individuals can attach emotional  meaning                             ** i.e.  look what happened to this guy/ act of the person is undeserving of/ random act o             Dramatized News   o         News stories that focus on crisis, personality, and scandal  having a  convenient beginning, interesting middle, and  satisfying end   ** more in depth – entertainment twist
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