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Deciding What's News: A Study of CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News, Newsweek, and Time (Medill Visions of the American Press) Paperback – Deluxe Edition, February 22, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0810122376 ISBN-10: 0810122375 Edition: 2nd

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  • Series: Medill Visions of the American Press
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Northwestern University Press; 2 edition (February 22, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810122375
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810122376
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 5 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #702,850 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Gans does a hell of a job in demolishing the myths of an anti-establishment press.”
–Richard Reeves, <i>The Washington Monthly</i>


“Deciding What’s News is a good study. It tells us that our colleagues who set much of the nation’s agenda have solid, bourgeois, mildly reformist views, respect authority, want to be liked and probably see the unfamiliar as vaguely threatening. The result is that tomorrow’s news is going to look very much like today’s, even if the world does not.”
–Frank Mankiewicz, <i>New York Times Book Review</i>


“Neither burdened by jargon nor boosted by flashy style, the book renders the biases of the media with unusual authority.” –Michael Schudson, <i>Chicago Tribune</i>

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"Gans...demolish[es] the myths of an anti-establishment press."--Richard Reeves, The Washington Monthly
"A refreshing view of journalism from a perceptive cultural sociologists 'outside' perspective...[and]...a thought-provoking look at news as a cultural process."--Library Journal --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Shalom Freedman HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 15, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book which was first published over twenty- five years ago is a throwback to another time. That was the time when the great share of Americans sat around and got their news from one of the three major networks. The more informed read one of two major weekly news- magazines. We are now in a far more fragmented, diverse news- acquiring time when the 'Internet' has given the 'consumer' a far greater capacity to select and develop knowledge of current events.

Gans analyzes the major networks and sees great similarity in the way they operate. He offers at the end of the book his own suggestions for how to provide a more educational and informative news diet to the American public.

A topflight sociologist Gans studeis CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News, Newsweek and Time.He speaks with a large number of journalists in trying to understand the way the system works.He treats such subjects as 'story selection' 'story suitability' 'objectivity values and ideology' 'profits and audiences' 'pressures censorship, and self- censorship' ' values in the news'

An illuminating study.
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By Kel Munger on November 30, 2012
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Excellent book on how television news decisions are made, particularly with broadcast news. Not as strong on cable news channels, but I have other sources for that.
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