The Media as Political Actors

McNair, Brian (2014) The Media as Political Actors. In Reinemann, Carsten (Ed.) Political Communication. Mouton De Gruyter, Berlin, Germany, pp. 289-303.

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This chapter provides a history of the media as political actors and identifies key principles that have shaped their role in both democratic and authoritarian polities (i.e., information, interpretation, participation, critical scrutiny). In addition, the chapter explores recent trends impacting on the performance of that role, such as the emergence of the Internet and, as a consequence of that process, a globalized public sphere of transnational news media outlets. It is argued that to make the Internet truly valuable as a political resource, democratic societies continue to require the work of skilled, professional journalists and their sense making, interpretative functions. Because of that journalists and their organizations remain crucial to the translation of content into meaningful messages.

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ID Code: 83056
Item Type: Book Chapter
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Keywords: political journalism, history of journalism, information, interpretation, participation, critical scrutiny, Internet, globalized public sphere
ISBN: 9783110238167
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > JOURNALISM AND PROFESSIONAL WRITING (190300)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Walter de Gruyter GmbH, Berlin/Boston
Deposited On: 01 Apr 2015 01:50
Last Modified: 01 Apr 2016 14:50

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