For ten years, Herbert J. Gans spent considerable time in four major television and magazine newsrooms, observing and talking to the journalists who choose the national news stories that inform America about itself. Writing during the golden age of journalism, Gans included such headline events as the War on Poverty, the Vietnam War and the protests against it, urban ghetto disorders, the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy, and Watergate. He was interested in the values, professional standards, and the external pressures that shaped journalists' judgments.
Deciding What's News has become a classic. A new preface outlines the major changes that have taken place in the news media since Gans first wrote the book, but it also suggests that the basics of news judgment and the structures of news organizations have changed little. Gans's book is still the most comprehensive sociological account of some of the country's most prominent national news media. The book received the 1979 Theatre Library Association Award and the 1980 Book Award of the National Association of Educational Broadcasters. This is the first work to be published under the Medill School of Journalism's "Visions of the American Press" imprint, a new journalism history series featuring both original volumes and reprints of important classics.
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"Gans...demolish[es] the myths of an anti-establishment press."--Richard Reeves, The Washington Monthly
"A refreshing view of journalism from a perceptive cultural sociologists 'outside' perspective...[and]...a thought-provoking look at news as a cultural process."--Library Journal
Herbert Gans is Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology at Columbia University. He is the author of numerous books including The Urban Villagers (Free Press 1962), Popular Culture and High Culture (Basic Books 1999), The Levittowners (Columbia University Press 1982), and Democracy and the News (Oxford University Press 2003).
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Book Description Constable, 1980. Book Condition: Poor. This is an ex-library book and may have the usual library/used-book markings inside.This book has hardback covers. In poor condition, suitable as a reading copy. No dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 6614123
Book Description London: Constable 14.07.1980., 1980. Gebundene Ausgabe. Book Condition: Gut. 394 Seiten Rückensignatur, ordnungsgemäß vorne und hinten ausgestempelt, ansonsten gepflegtes, gut erhaltenes Buch aus aufgelöster Bibliothek einer großen deutschen Medienanstalt. Buchschnitt und Seitenränder alters-/papierbedingt angebräunt; Sprache: Englisch Gewicht in Gramm: 590. Bookseller Inventory # 997417