The Nature of the News: Is News Determined More by the Organizations in which Journalists Work or by the Sources upon whom Journalists Rely

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The paper endeavours to probe into the interrelationship between news organizations and source organizations, and reason that news organizations determine the nature of news exceeding the sources journalists rely. The research is based on a content analysis of four British mainstream newspapers’ (The Times, The Guardian, The Independent, and The Daily Telegraph) news coverage in reporting A-level fiasco between September and October, 2002. By imitating the journalists’ ‘news angle’, the paper discusses about what is news, and when, where and how news is constructed, and who produce it, and finally concluded that journalism is a highly regulated and routine process of manufacturing a cultural product on a production line. In stages of planning, gathering, selection and production news is moulded by the demands of composing order and organisations within a daily cycle.

Keywords: Nature of the News, Organizational Approach, News Organizations, News Source Organizations
Stream: Media, Film Studies, Theatre, Communication
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: , Nature of the News, The

Prof. Kuo Huang

Ph.D Student, Department of International Communication
Division of Society, Culture, Media and Philosophy, Macquarie University

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Ph.D in International Communication of Macquarie University, Australia. MA in Communication of University of Westminster,UK. Research interest in 'media effect','audience study','globalization'and 'media economics'.Four years' teaching experience as a lecturer in Heilongjiang University,China. Presenting in ICA and MEA conferences and 10 journal papers published.

Ref: H08P0042