Sociology of News Notes pt 2

Sociology of News Notes pt 2 - What are the three zones of...

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What are the three zones of reporting described by scholar Daniel Hallin? Culture and tradition specifies (likely unconsciously) when or how professional norms are treated. “Legitimate controversy” – a culturally sanctioned conflict, such as an issue on which leading parties differ (think: wars, health care, revolutions) guarantees a professionalism dedicated to presenting both sides. Zone of deviance – a topic which mainstream culture treats with derision or contempt (gangs, sex offenders, Justin Bieber) can be ridiculed, trivialized, marginalized, because reporters know that they can get away with it. Shared values – a topic in which a common human sympathy is expected and understood (think: human interest stories, feature writing, sports reporting). Part of journalistic etiquette allows reporters to be sympathetic in these situations. Example: calling Los Angeles mudslides a tragedy and reporting in a somber tone. Note the different roles of journalists (eg. Public health vs public information)
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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.

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