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Political Linkage: formation Link Between People Information Link Between People and Government The News Media
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Roles of the Mass Media in Democracy In a democracy, government rules with e consent of their informed citizens the consent of their informed citizens The weaker the participation by its citizenry, the weaker the democracy So the public needs good information How well democracy works depends on whether the media do their jobs
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Roles of the Mass Media in Democracy ossible roles Possible roles Watchdog : The press as protector Just the facts, ma’am: scrutinizes government action Fully protected by the first amendment Scorekeeper: What are our electoral choices? eports ho is “ inning or losing” in D C Reports who is “winning or losing” in D.C. Makes or breaks political reputations Gatekeeper: To present ideas about public policy Are policies working? What are the alternatives? etermines what become stories and for how long Determines what become stories and for how long
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TV is Dominant Source for National and Local News Where do you get most of your…. . National & International News Local News Television 71% 64% Internet 42% 17% Newspapers 33% 41% Radio 21% 18% • The poll finds that television remains the dominant ews source for the public with 71% saying they get news source for the public, with 71% saying they get most of their national and international news from television. • More than four in ten (42%) say they get most of their news on these subjects from the internet, compared with 33% who cite newspapers. • Last December, for the first time in a Pew Research enter survey, more people said they got most of their Center survey, more people said they got most of their national and international news from the internet than said newspapers were their main source.
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The Media Landscape ewspapers Newspapers Technological developments & economic growth Increasing objectivity and broader circulation Types of newspapers “serious” iche Niche Tabloids Readership has fallen off dramatically Fewer people rely on daily papers Papers remaking themselves in the image of levision (e g SA Today television (e.g., USA Today )
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The Media Landscape Magazines evelopment of weekly news magazines Development of weekly news magazines in early 20 th century Widest and most diverse range of news nd opinion today and opinion today However, the remaining American political print magazines are going out of business.
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This note was uploaded on 01/13/2012 for the course POL 1 taught by Professor Robertbrown during the Fall '05 term at Riverside Community College.

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