This chapter in the Media Student’s Book explores a fast changing, globally influential area of media studies through histories of its forms and institutions, and of critical approaches to the work of journalists, including, now, the related work of ‘citizen journalism’ and other uses of interactive media. Conceptual tools such as the idea of a ‘public sphere’ and of ‘public opinion’; the ideals of ‘objectivity’ and ‘impartiality’; of ‘framing’, news agendas, ‘sousveillance’, and ‘news values’ are critically handled, for current debates. All this is enlivened by discussion of specific examples, such as Jon Stewart, Rupert Murdoch, Al Jazeera, ‘churnalism’, the reporting of the Columbine massacre, the Trafigura case and uses of Twitter, local news, and ‘soundbites’ in their wider discursive contexts.

A Case Study on UGC, Social Media and the BBC is available on this website.

Case study: UGC, social media and the BBC

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27/08/2011 - A very useful assessment of the shaping of Fox-style cable news coverage in the case of the Norwegian mass killings, 2011 is

Why let facts ruin the story- Norwegian comments on US coverage of the Norway terror, Magnus Nom.

One response to it is particularly interesting on Glenn Beck, the ex-Fox News opinionator.