News and Politics : The Rise of Live and Interpretive Journalism
Challenging prevailing academic wisdom, Cushion argues that the mediatization of news does not necessarily reflect a commercial logic or a lowering of journalism standards. In particular, the rise of live two-ways can potentially enhance viewers' understanding of public affairs - moving reporters beyond their visual backdrops and reliance on political soundbites - by asking journalists to scrutinize the actions of political elites, interpret competing source claims and to explain the broader context to everyday stories. Considering the future of 24-hour news, a final discussion asks whether new content and social media platforms - including Twitter and Buzzfeed - enhance or weaken democratic culture.
This timely analysis of News and Politics is ideal for students of political communication and journalism studies, as well as communication studies, media studies, and political science.
- Paperback | 182 pages
- 156 x 234 x 10.67mm | 295g
- 20 Mar 2015
- Taylor & Francis Ltd
- London, United Kingdom
- 7 Halftones, black and white; 31 Tables, black and white
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Jay G. Blumler, Emeritus Professor of Public Communication, University of Leeds
"Anyone trying to understand how the nature of television news has changed to adapt it to the needs of today's faster-paced 24/7 media environment must read this book. Using the example of concrete practices in the UK, US and Norway, Stephen Cushion demonstrates the far-reaching relevance of these changes for journalists, politicians, audiences and academics. It's an extremely well-informed, original and compelling analysis of shifting news logics. He concludes by relating his findings to a wider 'Buzzification' of news and asks what this means for our democracy. Impressive."
Frank Esser, Professor of International and Comparative Media Research, University of Zurich
"For anyone interested in the changing form, structure and style of television news journalism, News and Politics should be considered required reading. Focusing in particular on whether political news coverage has become more live, interpretive and mediatized, it both confirms and challenges findings in previous research, and will thus surely provoke further research and scholarly debate."
Jesper Stroemback, Professor in Media, Communication and Journalism, Mid Sweden University
"I was able to feast on a range of fascinating statistics dating from 1991 about the changing format of evening news bulletins, both at home and abroad, and then devour Cushion's exhaustive analysis of the impact of the ever-expanding proportion of air time being allocated to live appearances by reporters, at the expense of pre-edited items."Nicholas Jones, British Journalism Review , March 2016
"...a thorough and scholarly piece of work. Cushion does his discipline - which arguably is a little bit prone to being overly focused on the new and the novel - a great service by reminding us of the benefits of longitudinal datasets and of returning to old questions, not in a reactionary or conservative way, but rather to better understand the role of change and context. That is something this book does very well indeed." --Journalism Studies
"Stephen Cushion'swell researched book illuminates the issues that underlie it. The interplay among media logics, journalistic interventions, citizen journalism, and even subject generated political comments is a phenomenon in the field that needs to be addressed almost constantly... I certainly reccomend it as reading for scholars and students in media studies." --Pete Bicak, Communication Research Trends, Centre for the Study of Communication and Culture, Volume 36
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