"Social Meanings of News"
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This paper presents an analysis of chapters 9-20 of Dan Berkowitz's text-reader "Social Meanings of News" and discusses the various methodologies and theories presented by authors of the articles. The paper finds that through a variety of methods, the authors in this collection indicate that routine and banality make up the bulk of newswork.
From the Paper:"Media expert Dan Berkowitz compiled a series of studies on exactly what is news, and why does it turn out the way it does in the text-reader Social Meanings of News. The book contains multiple methodologies and approaches, and Berkowitz's strategy is to structure the collection of studies into three parts comprising seven sections of several chapters each. Editor Berkowitz presents an overview of each section focusing on its main concepts. The chapters under consideration in this paper -- chapters nine through 20 - are from the second and third sections of Part II, News as Social Production. Chapters nine through 12 focus on "Organizing News: News as a Workplace Product," while chapters 13 through 20 center on "Professionalizing News: News as Journalists' Norms and Routines." The role of the journalist, the news organization (print or electronic), the journalism profession, and the media as a social institution underlie all the readings of the three sections under discussion. The basic theory of mass communications underlying these chapters is the role of media interplay with the social structures in which they are imbedded."
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