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Who and what determines the content of the news that we receive?

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Chlo� Morris Who and what determines the content of the new that we receive? There are many elements that decide what news we, the public, are exposed to obviously some are more influential than others but each factor has a part in the selection process. News values have a great bearing when it comes to determining the news content, each can halt a stories journey to the front page or alternatively boost it to centre stage. The news values are the basic guidelines journalists follow when choosing which features are most relevant to their audience, which will attract most interest, which will improve the companies image and so on, vital news values include proximity, personalisation, threshold and composition. Within these news values "gate-keepers" (editors and owners) have the power to completely overrule any decisions about which features are included and which aren't - because of this the news we ...read more.


Editors and Owners are not the only ones who have a say over what news the public are allowed to see, news agencies are companies that gather, edit and select news and photographs before distributing there chosen items to newspapers and programmes which are subscribed to their services. If a news agency decides not to include a story or photograph the media do not have a chance to report it and it therefore is not uncovered to society. Time and space greatly affect how the news is accounted; there is never enough time or space to fit in every single event that has taken place that day, because of this a lot of stories are never included. Limited space isn't helped by the amount of advertisements incorporated into both newspapers and broadcast news - media sources need adverts to help fund them this means the more ads the more money which is why there are such an abundance. ...read more.


ensures that no untrue statement about a person which might bring him or her into contempt, ridicule, dislike of hostility in society. 'Defence Notices' request that journalists do not report certain news items which the government believes to be against national interest, these usually concern military secrets. The laws stated above along with others prevent certain stories from being published or for full details to be given, determining what the papers/news programmes are allowed to include and barring any defamation. If these laws are disobeyed the journalist is likely to be made redundant, recently it was discovered that a reporter for Sky News had fabricated a story about the Iraq war status this lead to him being fired and did not leave him with a reputable name in the media when looking for new employment, this illustration of the consequences of flouting the rules shows how serious it is taken. ...read more.

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