HGov: News Media

In the nation’s first century, the press was allied closely with the political parties and helped the parties mobilize public opinion. Gradually, the press freed itself from this partisan relationship and developed a form of reporting, known as objective journalism, that emphasizes fair and accurate accounts of newsworthy developments. That model still governs the news reporting of the traditional media, daily newspapers and broadcasters, but does not hold for the newer media, radio talk shows, cable TV talk shows, and internet blogs. Although some of them cover politics in the traditional way, many of them transmit news through a partisan lens.

The news audience has changed substantially in the past few decades. Daily newspapers and broadcast news have lost audience to cable television and the Internet. At the same time, the emergence of cable television and the Internet has made it easier for citizens to avoid news when using the media. Although some citizens today consume more news than was possible at an earlier time, other citizens, young adults in particular, consume less news than was typical at an earlier time. A consequence is that young adults are less informed politically, relative to both older adults and to earlier generations of young adults.

Read Chapter 10.1 (pp.307-313)



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