Ch 12: Mass Media Study Guide

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Ch 12: Mass Media

Study Guide

Readings:

Ch 12: Mass Media

Vocabulary: make a flash card for each of the following:

Horse-Race Journalism Adversarial Press

Blog

Insider Stories

Equal Time Rule

Loaded Language

Background

Feature Stories

Routine Stories

Selective Attention Sound Bite Trial Balloon

DIRECTIONS: the answers to the following questions are found in the reading and class notes. Answer the questions on a SEPARATE sheet of paper.

1.

Give an example that demonstrates the growing influence blogs can have on mainstream media.

2.

Why would public officials have a love-hate relationship with the media?

3.

Describe the difference of freedom of press in the America as compared to Europe.

4.

What are the two potential limits placed on privately owned newspapers and broadcast stations?

5.

Who controlled the party press?

6.

7.

Describe the people who subscribed to these papers?

Why were they expensive?

8.

Why did these papers become partisan?

9.

Why was this paper relatively cheaper than the party press?

10.

Why couldn’t this paper afford to be partisan?

11.

What positive results came from eliminating the government dependency of newspapers?

12.

What two things did this paper blend together?

13.

What did these newspapers have to participate in, in order to attract a large readership?

14.

How did these newspapers impact government decisions?

15.

Your book says that the popular press created a common national culture. Why? How?

16.

Why did people begin not liking the popular press?

17.

Identify three examples of Magazines of Opinion.

18.

What eliminated the more extreme forms of sensationalism?

19.

Identify two negative consequences of electronic journalism.

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35.

36.

37.

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31.

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Identify two positive consequences of electronic journalism.

What impacts can sound bites have on political careers?

Identify two examples of politicians who have used electronic journalism to advance their political careers.

How did the internet affect John Kerry?

Why aren’t newspapers as competitive as they once were?

What would astonish most foreigners about our press?

What consequences arise because of this?

What four factors give newspapers a national standing?

Gatekeeper:

Definition

Impact

Example

Scorekeeper:

Definition

Impact

Example

Watchdog:

Definition

Impact

Example

What is prior restraint?

Give an example of when the courts have upheld the media’s right to freedom of speech.

What can happen if the material which has printed is libelous or obscene?

What four things must have happened in order to prove libel?

What are the negative and positive consequences of getting rid of the Fairness Doctrine?

Do the beliefs of the national media affect how they report the news?

Does what the media write or say influence how their readers and viewers think?

How does media coverage of a president and congress differ?

Why do we have so many news leaks in the media?

Explain how sensationalism in the media can affect politics.

What are the government constraints on Journalists?

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