News Selection & Presentation

Sociologists have argued that the process by which journalists create the news is a manufacturing process. Journalists cannot report every event which occurs, therefore what counts as news is selected and processed by a range of influences.

Several studies over the years (particularly the GUMG) have shown that the selection and presentation of news stories is not a neutral process – but that it is socially constructed.

This topic examines how the news is selected, what counts as news, the different ways news is presented in various media forms and whether it is biased.

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