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How Australia Decides : Election Reporting and the Media - Sally Young

How Australia Decides

Election Reporting and the Media

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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 boxesp. ix
Acknowledgementsp. xiv
Prefacep. xvii
Election reporting in the 2000sp. 1
Political news audiences and outlets
The political news audiencep. 23
The elite public spherep. 42
The popular public spherep. 61
Elections and audiencesp. 84
Where does election news come from and what is it about?
Creating election news: journalistsp. 107
The stars of the show: politicians and campaigningp. 126
Who controls the news agenda?p. 145
'From the campaign trail': the framing of election newsp. 173
Elections in mediated times
News, political reporting and the internetp. 203
Biasp. 229
News, the public and democracyp. 255
Appendixp. 281
Notesp. 284
Referencesp. 287
Indexp. 309

ISBN: 9780521147071
ISBN-10: 0521147077
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 346
Published: 10th December 2011
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.54
Edition Number: 1