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Creating News and Culture

Creating News and Culture - increasingly Internet news...

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Creating News and Culture Much of the sociological perspective about how news is created comes from  researchers with the culturalist theory perspective. Journalists themselves also remain  keenly aware of these issues and carefully study them. The central problem comes from  the fact that many more events occur than the media can ever report on. Journalists  must look at all the information and events before them and make decisions about what  they report and what they do not. Because newspapers go to press on strict deadlines  to be delivered on time, and because news shows must air live at regular times,  deadlines in the news business are absolute. This situation forces reporters and news  editors to make difficult decisions under pressure and with limited time. Journalists also face competition to sell their news product. Newspapers run stories with  the widest appeal to sell more papers and to draw more advertising. Television, and 
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Unformatted text preview: increasingly Internet news sites, compete to draw advertisers as well, and again, must frame their news to address the needs, interests, tastes, and appeal of the audience. As journalists make decisions about what to include and exclude, they are making choices about what is newsworthy, and, in fact, what is news. If reporters and editors do not deem information or an event as “newsworthy,” then they do not report it, and it does not “become” news. In other words, journalists and media critics alike recognize that news reporters do as much to create the news as they do to report it, which means they also create reality as they report it. Even though reporters may report “only the facts,” the facts that they select to report create a reality that audiences then interpret based on their own perceptions....
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