Assessment of the View that the Shared Culture of Journalists Effect the Selection and Presentation of News

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Assessment of the View that the Shared Culture of Journalists Effect the Selection and Presentation of News

News is formed through a selective process which is controlled by
media professionals such as journalists' correspondents and editors.

Agenda setting, a theory created by Stephen Lukes, sees how
journalists select news that is projected through the media. Agenda
setting also sees bias in the media, which is most commonly dominated
in the political broadcasts. The Glasgow university media group agree
with the use of agenda setting in the media and use it in their
research. When looking at a political strike story the Glasgow
University media group saw how the workers were presented in a
negative view point. The journalists and broadcasters emphasised the
effects of the strikes to the public as very negative and projected
the workers as being an annoyance.

A "Neo-Marxist" view is reflected by The Glasgow University Media
Group, they argue that journalists and broadcasters claim that certain
items have news value, assuming that their audiences see and
understand the world in the same way that they are portraying it. This
particular view is very much criticised by Pluralists. Their theory is
that a variety of media being provided to the public, instead of
dictated, helping them to guarantee a wide coverage of all viewpoints
that they can choose to take on board or not. Pluralists criticise the
BBC, saying that they are unbiased to both main political parties,
unfair stories would not occur.

Primary Definition in the media is a way in which media professionals
influence selection and presentation in the news. Stuart Hall is t...

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politics the person is significantly more important than their policy.
They feel that the media does not go into complex depths to explain
fully everything to the public.

After considering all of the criticisms and opinions I think that it
is editors and journalists that tend to be in control of the selection
and presentation of news. They determination what will and will not be
featured in a particular news article or news paper. The idea of Gate
Keeping, where editors influence the content of the news by
controlling the gate of information, shows us the control that they
have. They can shut the gate by not exposing certain news and open it
to disclose what they want us to know. To a certain extent editors are
agenda setting, determining what people will talk about and where
support or popular attitude will be.

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