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International News and Advanced Information Technology?

Changing the Institutional Domination Paradigm?
  • Steven Livingston
  • W. Lance Bennett
  • W. Lucas Robinson

Abstract

In a recent critique of American politics and journalism, sociologist Herbert J. Gans emphasizes the importance of analyzing news according to the defining structural elements of the media. “Journalistic work,” says Gans, “is almost always performed under difficult conditions of one kind or another, and most of the important imperfections … reside in the structures of the news media.”1 We share this perspective and use it as our point of departure for the development of a news gatekeeping model.2 There are several useful but incomplete gatekeeping models found throughout the political communication research literature. Each model tends to emphasize important aspects of news selection and production processes while underutilizing alternative factors. Developing a more complete news gatekeeping model would contribute to the development of more sophisticated political communication theory. With that objective in mind, we present the basic outline of a multigated news gatekeeping model and apply it to a preliminary analysis of media coverage of the war in Iraq.

Keywords

News Medium Political Communication Television News Global Citizenship News Organization 
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  • Steven Livingston
  • W. Lance Bennett
  • W. Lucas Robinson

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