news sources whose purpose is to provide a large audience with information about the nation
subset of mass media that provides the news of the day
another term for the news media or journalists, both of which provide information to the public about political events.
functions of the news
informing, investigating, interpreting
government restrictions on freedom of the press that prevent the material from being published.
Near v. Minnesota (1931)
Supreme Court case that declared that only in exceptionally rare cases can the government prevent the printing of a news story.
publishing false and damaging statements about another
New York Times v. Sullivan (1964)
case establishing that proof of actual malice is required to convict in a libel suit
making a statement against public officials or figures with knowledge that the info was false or with "reckless disregard" of whether it was false or true.
Pentagon Papers case
case permitting publication of classified documents on the Vietnam War and thus favoring freedom of the press over the executive authority of the president.
Federal Communications Commission
Executive branch agency charged with regulating and overseeing radio, television, and electronic broadcasting.
Sedition Act (1798)
made it a crime to criticize the government, later repealed.
newspapers sold for a penny, initiating an era in which the press began to rely on circulation and advertising for income, and not on political parties
style of journalism in the late 19th century
journalistic practice of investigative reporting that seeks to uncover corruption and wrongdoing
news coverage traditionally found in the printed press, that is more fact-based, opposed to more interpretive narratives and commentary.
political talk radio
media format dominated by conservative commentators that has become a vital gateway in disseminating political issues and events to millions.
sources of news geared toward a less politically attentive audience, offering less substantive and more entertaining coverage than hard news.
news stories focused less on facts and policies than on sensationalizing secondary issues or on less serious subjects of the entertainment world
ordinary individuals with no formal journalistic training and independent of news organizations who play an active role in reporting the news or commentating on current events, primarily through the Internet and blogs
extreme view of the media's role in society, arguing that the press only serves the interest of the government, driving what the public thinks about important issues
ability of the media to impact how people view issues, people, or events by controlling what stories are shown and what are not.
ability of the media to influence public perception of issues by constructing the issue or discussion of a subject in a certain way.