In recent years, the Australian media have come under fire for their reporting of politics and election campaigns.
Political reporting is said to be too influenced by commercial concerns, too obsessed with gossip and scandal, and too focused on trivia and `sound bites' at the expense of serious issues. There are accusations of bias, sensationalism, `lazy' journalism and `horse race' reporting that is obsessed with opinion polls.
How Australia Decides is the first book to put these allegations to the test. Based on a four-year empirical study, Sally Young reports the results of the only systematic, historical and in-depth analysis of Australian election reporting and weighs up the evidence to assess how well Australians are served by those who report and comment on politics.
This ground breaking book shows how election reporting has changed over time, and how political news audiences, news production and shifts in political campaigning are influencing media content - with profound implications for Australian democracy.
About the Author
Sally Young is Senior Lecturer in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne.
'Sally Young's excellent book not only clearly and compellingly addresses the major issues in media coverage of election campaigns, but for anyone interested in Australian politics in the early part of the 21st century, it offers a treasure trove of fascinating material.' Rodney Tiffen, University of Sydney
|List of tables, figures and boxes||p. ix|
|Election reporting in the 2000s||p. 1|
|Political news audiences and outlets|
|The political news audience||p. 23|
|The elite public sphere||p. 42|
|The popular public sphere||p. 61|
|Elections and audiences||p. 84|
|Where does election news come from and what is it about?|
|Creating election news: journalists||p. 107|
|The stars of the show: politicians and campaigning||p. 126|
|Who controls the news agenda?||p. 145|
|'From the campaign trail': the framing of election news||p. 173|
|Elections in mediated times|
|News, political reporting and the internet||p. 203|
|News, the public and democracy||p. 255|
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 346
Published: 10th December 2011
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2 x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.54