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Making the News: Politics, the Media, and Agenda Setting
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Univ of Chicago Pr
Publication date August 26, 2013
Pages 260
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780226065571
ISBN-10 022606557X
Dimensions 0.75 by 6.25 by 9.25 in.
Weight 0.86 lbs.
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Original list price $25.00
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Media attention can play a profound role in whether or not officials act on a policy issue, but how policy issues make the news in the first place has remained a puzzle. Why do some issues go viral and then just as quickly fall off the radar? How is it that the media can sustain public interest for months in a complex story like negotiations over Obamacare while ignoring other important issues in favor of stories on “balloon boy?”
           
With Making the News, Amber Boydstun offers an eye-opening look at the explosive patterns of media attention that determine which issues are brought before the public. At the heart of her argument is the observation that the media have two modes: an “alarm mode” for breaking stories and a “patrol mode” for covering them in greater depth. While institutional incentives often initiate alarm mode around a story, they also propel news outlets into the watchdog-like patrol mode around its policy implications until the next big news item breaks. What results from this pattern of fixation followed by rapid change is skewed coverage of policy issues, with a few receiving the majority of media attention while others receive none at all. Boydstun documents this systemic explosiveness and skew through analysis of media coverage across policy issues, including in-depth looks at the waxing and waning of coverage around two issues: capital punishment and the “war on terror.”
           
Making the News
shows how the seemingly unpredictable day-to-day decisions of the newsroom produce distinct patterns of operation with implications—good and bad—for national politics.



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Hardcover
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from Univ of Chicago Pr (August 26, 2013)
9780226065434 | details & prices | 260 pages | 6.25 × 9.50 × 1.00 in. | 1.12 lbs | List price $75.00
About: Media attention can play a profound role in whether or not officials act on a policy issue, but how policy issues make the news in the first place has remained a puzzle.
With Gerard Elfstrom | from Palgrave Macmillan (February 1, 1990); titled "Ethics for a Shrinking World"
9780312032043 | details & prices | 5.75 × 9.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.85 lbs | List price $39.95
This edition also contains Ethics for a Shrinking World
About: This study confronts the issues of terrorism, war, hunger and human rights, and seeks avenues of response.
With Norman Stone, Eduard Strouhal (other contributor) | from Palgrave Macmillan (November 1, 1989); titled "Czechoslovakia: Crossroads and Crises 1918-88"
9780312032012 | details & prices | 6.00 × 9.00 × 1.00 in. | 1.30 lbs | List price $45.00
This edition also contains Czechoslovakia: Crossroads and Crises 1918-88
About: The essays are devoted to the four "eights" in Czech history: 1918, when the Republic was founded; 1938, when its western parts were handed over to Hitler; 1948, when the Communists took power; and 1968, when an effort to create "socialism with a human face" was crushed by Soviet tanks.
Paperback
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from Univ of Chicago Pr (August 26, 2013)
9780226065571 | details & prices | 260 pages | 6.25 × 9.25 × 0.75 in. | 0.86 lbs | List price $25.00
About: Media attention can play a profound role in whether or not officials act on a policy issue, but how policy issues make the news in the first place has remained a puzzle.

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