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Phil Smith Writing for the Print Media WHAT DO YOU THINK IS INVOLVED IN THE SELECTION AND CONSTRUCTION OF NEWS AND THE FREEDOM AND REGULATIONS OF PRESS Throughout the world in newspaper television and radio bulletins there is news about news When the leader of a political party has tiffs with the big chief media moguls thats news When government ministers pick fights with newspaper interviewers thats news too Setting itself up to be a window on the world it is truism that the news changes the world which we perceive as well as merely reflecting it Drilled into delivering the quick hit the news is a globally important media practice which is the main source in constructing our view of the world a trusted authoritative source of information which creates attitudes and opinion which should be crisp enough to impress those with the shortest of attention spans The finely polished news stories and perfectly positioned column inches which we perceive as extremely effectual not only because they come through a powerful media source such as newspapers but also because the news is believed News organisations have spent many years promoting their reputation for sincerity and impartiality However through selection and construction it is hopeless for the news constructors to provide an impartial account of world - wide current affairs Instead they will interpret wars disasters in the way that seems most truthful to them this becomes the readers reality With reference to The Media Students Book 1st Edition news is constructed within a framework of firm expectations News items go through a selective process where agenda settings and gatekeepers form part of a news bureaucracy which determines what is news Gate keeping is a selective filtering process in which an editorial team opens the gates for news items they consider newsworthy and more importantly close the gates for items they deem unnewsworthy Marxist critics
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