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The media’s gatekeeping function means that party press coverage often reproduces and reinforces existing power structures

Meyer, Thomas M., Haselmayer, Martin and Wagner, Markus (2015) The media’s gatekeeping function means that party press coverage often reproduces and reinforces existing power structures. Democratic Audit UK (12 Aug 2015). Website.

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Abstract

In election campaigns, parties and candidates want to get their message across to the public, and the central means of doing so is by generating media coverage. Yet, the media does not slavishly pay attention to each party’s campaign messages. Which actors are most likely to hit the media? And which campaign messages are most likely to make the news? Thomas M. Meyer, Martin Haselmayer and Markus Wagner present research which shows that parties are in general rather successful in getting their messages to the media. However, the media’s gatekeeping function also reproduces existing distributions of power and attention: party messages are most likely to be covered if messages are spread by powerful politicians and if they fit with the current media issue agenda.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
Official URL: http://www.democraticaudit.com
Additional Information: © 2015 The Author(s); Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
J Political Science > JC Political theory
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1990 Broadcasting
Sets: Collections > Democratic Audit Blog
Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2017 11:43
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2019 23:22
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/81057

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