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Tabloid Television : Popular Journalism and the 'Other News' - John Langer

Tabloid Television

Popular Journalism and the 'Other News'

Paperback Published: 20th November 1997
ISBN: 9780415066372
Number Of Pages: 200

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Fires, floods, accidents, celebrity lifestyles, heroic acts of humble people, cute acts by family pets and the weather. Television's non-news about non-events takes up an increasingly large part of contemporary broadcast journalism, but is regularly dismissed by television pundits as having no place on our screens. To its critics, this 'other news' distracts our attention with trivialities and entertainment values, and undermines journalism's relationship with the workings of democracy. Yet, in spite of these protests, this 'lite news' remains as entrenched and as popular as ever.
InTabloid Television, John Langer argues that television's 'other news' must be recognised as equally important as 'hard news' in the building of a genuinely comprehensive study of broadcast journalism. Using narrative analysis, theories of ideology, concepts from genre studies and detailed textual readings, 'other news' is explored as a cultural discourse connected with story-telling, gossip, social memory, the horror film, national identity and the cult of fame. Langer's study also examines the political role played by an allegedly non-political news and explores the links between this type of news and recent broadcasting trends towards 'reality television'.
Tabloid Television, Popular Journalism and the 'Other News' provides an eclectic and intriguing look at one of the most maligned areas of television news. By offering an extended and thoroughly grounded analysis of actual news stories, John Langer locates the question of representational power as one of the central concerns of the media studies agenda and offers some interesting speculation about where television news may be heading.

The Lament, the Critical Project and the 'Bad' News on Televisionp. 1
Of Paradigms, Pendulums and Media Powerp. 11
Situating the 'Other News'p. 28
The Especially Remarkablep. 45
Victimsp. 74
Communities at Riskp. 104
Will the Cycle Be Unbroken? Ritual, Tradition and the Pastp. 134
Politics, Pleasures, 'Spin-offs'p. 145
Appendixp. 170
Notesp. 172
Bibliographyp. 176
Indexp. 185
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ISBN: 9780415066372
ISBN-10: 0415066379
Series: Communication & Society (Paperback)
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 200
Published: 20th November 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.37 x 15.49  x 1.47
Weight (kg): 0.35
Edition Number: 1