Deciding What's News: A Study of CBS Evening News, NBC by Herbert J. Gans

By Herbert J. Gans

For ten years, Herbert J. Gans spent significant time in 4 significant tv and journal newsrooms, looking at and chatting with the reporters who decide on the nationwide information tales that tell the USA approximately itself. Writing throughout the golden age of journalism, Gans incorporated such headline occasions because the battle on Poverty, the Vietnam battle and the protests opposed to it, city ghetto problems, the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy, and Watergate. He used to be drawn to the values, expert criteria, and the exterior pressures that formed journalists' judgments.

Deciding What's information has develop into a vintage. a brand new preface outlines the key alterations that experience taken position within the information media due to the fact Gans first wrote the e-book, however it additionally means that the fundamentals of reports judgment and the buildings of stories corporations have replaced little. Gans's ebook remains to be the main finished sociological account of a few of the country's such a lot admired nationwide information media. The e-book acquired the 1979 Theatre Library organization Award and the 1980 e-book Award of the nationwide organization of academic Broadcasters. this can be the 1st paintings to be released less than the Medill tuition of Journalism's "Visions of the yank Press" imprint, a brand new journalism historical past sequence that includes either unique volumes and reprints of significant classics.

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Generations, then, are not people of similar age but symbolic complexes that typify a period of years and are formed in reaction to major events of that period, such as World War II or the Eisenhower-Joseph McCarthy era. Student behavior, like that of other ordinary people, is thought to be shaped by headline-making events and by national leaders. Young people, especially affluent ones, are also depicted as violators of adult traditions and adult restraints.

I should also note that the quantitative analysis omitted both the Vietnam War and domestic news directly connected with it because I wanted to focus on recurring patterns within America itself; the analysis thus ignores the fact that overseas wars are a recurring phenomenon with many domestic consequences. Some of these consequences did become part of my analysis; although I left out news about policy conflicts on the Vietnam War, I included news about policy conflicts that indirectly stemmed from the war, such as federal domestic expenditures.

G Nation and Society in the News 9 Knowns in the News As I have categorized them, Knowns are a combination of people. Some are assumed by journalists to be familiar names among the audience; others have appeared frequently in the news and are therefore well known to the journalists. Some are not necessarily known by name but occupy well-known positions, like governor of a large state or mayor of a troubled city. In American news, as in the news of all modern nations, the people who appear most frequently in the news are Knowns, and, for the most part, those in official positions.

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