Cloth $56.00 ISBN: 9780226423470 Published September 1991
Paper $26.00 ISBN: 9780226423487 Published December 1997

Making Local News

Phyllis Kaniss

Making Local News
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Phyllis Kaniss

270 pages | 6 line drawings, 12 tables, 10 maps | 6 x 9 | © 1991
Cloth $56.00 ISBN: 9780226423470 Published September 1991
Paper $26.00 ISBN: 9780226423487 Published December 1997
Why do crimes and accidents earn more news coverage than development and policy issues affecting thousands of people? Filled with revealing interviews with both journalists and city officials, Making Local News is the first comprehensive look at how the economic motives of media owners, professional motives of journalists, and the strategies of media-wise politicians shape the news we see and hear, thereby influencing urban policy.

"Making Local News by Phyllis Kaniss . . . is significant. . . . If we can continue to get smarter about that which journalism leaves out or distorts in its coverage of politics, we may eventually get smarter about politics itself."—Mitchell Stephens, The Philadelphia Inquirer View

"A convincing analysis of the factors and forces which color how and why local issues do, or do not, become newsworthy." —Michael H. Ebner, Journal of Interdisciplinary History

"This work serves as a reminder of the importance of a medium that is often overlooked until economic realities threaten its very existence." —Choice

"Kaniss is truly a pioneer in the study of local news."—Susan Herbst, Contemporary Sociology
Contents
Acknowledgements
Introduction
1: The Historical Development
2: Commercial Pressures on Local News
3: Professional Values in the Local Journalist
4: Local Television News
5: Alternative Voices in the Local Media
6: Local Government Officials as News Sources
7: Philadelphia’s New Convention Center: A Case Study
Conclusion and a Look to the Future
Notes
Index
For more information, or to order this book, please visit http://www.press.uchicago.edu
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