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Political Economy Defined

Political Economy is defined as being the day-to-day constraints that journalists face when trying to adapt to new technologies like the web, social media, etc. Journalists also face institutional constraints such as the corporate interests of media companies. John McManus … Continue reading

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Quality Journalism Costs

Salter and Jones (2012) argue that because of the huge costs involved in running a newspaper or television station, “inequitable power relations” exist. As a result of this, only organisations with access to significant capital will be able to enter … Continue reading

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Ownership and Control

The chapter notes that the issue of proprietorial control is becoming less significant but does still exist. In the first half of the 20th century, press baron’s enforced absolute control and influence over content. This is less common today. However, … Continue reading

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How the Media Makes Money

In an ideal world, funding for journalism would come from consumers making choices in the marketplace. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Advertising plays a fundamental role in sustaining news production. Jones and Salter cite Robert L. Craig who suggests … Continue reading

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Has the News Industry Become Complacent?

The authors argue that the media has failed to adapt to technological developments and bypassed the opportunity to reinvent the industry. Furthermore, they argue this decision serves the best interests of the larger media conglomerates. While they do stand to … Continue reading

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Journalism and the Internet

The Internet should deliver a means of improving journalism. Unlike newspapers and television stations, websites can be run with little financial cost and distribution costs are significantly lowered on the net. Therefore, the amount of time and resources journalists can … Continue reading

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Citizen Journalism

The authors talk about ‘crowdsourcing’, which is the practice by editors and journalists of using the Internet to source information produced by ordinary citizens. The danger lies in the fact that corporate media often looks at the content as being … Continue reading

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