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Becoming the News : How Ordinary People Respond to the Media Spotlight / Ruth Palmer.

Author/Creator:
Palmer, Ruth author.
Publication:
New York, NY : Columbia University Press, [2018]
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Book
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Contained In:
De Gruyter University Press Library.
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Language:
In English.
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Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
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Summary:
What does it feel like to be featured, "ed, or just named in a news story? A refugee family, the survivor of a shooting, a primary voter in Iowa-the views and experiences of ordinary people are an important component of journalism. While much has been written about how journalists work and gather stories, what do we discover about the practice of journalism and attitudes about the media by focusing on the experiences of the subjects themselves? In Becoming the News, Ruth Palmer argues that understanding the motivations and experiences of those who have been featured in news stories-voluntarily or not-sheds new light on the practice of journalism and the importance many continue to place on the role of the mainstream media.Based on dozens of interviews with news subjects, Becoming the News studies how ordinary people make sense of their experience as media subjects. Palmer charts the arc of the experience of "making" the news, from the events that brought an ordinary person to journalists' attention through the decision to cooperate with reporters, interactions with journalists, and reactions to the news coverage and its aftermath. She explores what motivates someone to talk to the press; whether they consider the potential risks; the power dynamics between a journalist and their subject; their expectations about the motivations of journalists; and the influence of social media on their decisions and reception. Pointing to the ways traditional news organizations both continue to hold on to and are losing their authority, Becoming the News has important implications for how we think about the production and consumption of news at a time when Americans distrust the news media more than ever.
Contents:
Frontmatter
CONTENTS
Preface
Acknowledgments
1. VICTIMS OF THE PRESS?
2. WHAT'S IN IT FOR THEM? WEIGHING THE PROS AND CONS OF BECOMING A NEWS SUBJECT
3. THE INTERVIEW STAGE PART 1: ENCOUNTERING JOURNALISTS
4. THE INTERVIEW STAGE PART 2: FROM INTERACTION TO STORY
5. TRUTH (PERCEPTIONS) AND CONSEQUENCES: HOW NEWS SUBJECTS JUDGE ACCURACY AND ERROR
6. THAT'S ME! . . . BUT IT'S NOT ME: AESTHETIC, EMOTIONAL, AND EXISTENTIAL EFFECTS OF CONFRONTING OUR NEWS SELVES
7. CELEBRATION, CONDEMNATION, REPUTATION: AUDIENCE FEEDBACK AS AN INDICATOR OF STATUS AND STIGMA
8. MAKING THE NEWS IN A DIGITAL WORLD
9. LESSONS FOR SUBJECTS AND JOURNALISTS
Note on Method
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 25. Jul 2018)
Contributor:
De Gruyter.
ISBN:
9780231544764
OCLC:
1022246541
Publisher Number:
10.7312/palm18314 doi
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Restricted for use by site license.