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Unformatted text preview: CHAPTER 5: 1. What are the two common central observations about how news has changed since Watergate and Vietnam? Political reporting has become mostly critical, even cynical. Most critics view the product of news institutions as “soft-news”, a concoction of news that is based more on entertainment rather than news worthiness. 2. What is the “game” vs. “policy” argument? Journalists see political careers as more of a game than a policy view. Reporters direct attention to conflict and a few individuals, rather than social conditions and larger interests. EX: school testing getting passed resulted in an article that focused on a victory for Bush, rather than the implications that would arise from schools getting tested. Another example is how newspapers have stopped reporting candidates speeches, and more of the motives that drive the speeches. 3. Note the observations on soft news: In the 1970’s people began to realize that news could be made cheaply and yield large audiences,...
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This note was uploaded on 09/30/2011 for the course COM 142 taught by Professor Theobald during the Spring '11 term at UC Davis.
- Spring '11