Chapter 6

Brief quotes and short characterizations of the day’s events in news coverage are called ________.
sound bites
Which of the following news sources reaches the most Americans?
television
Much of the national news that is published in local newspapers is provided by ________.
the Associated Press
Which group has had great popularity on radio talk shows?
conservatives
Most local newspapers get their national news from ________.
wire services
Which of the following is NOT a national newspaper?
Time
Which of the following statements is true?
Online sources for news are now just behind television.
Daily Internet users who participate in society and politics through online activities are called ________.
digital citizens
Niche journalism refers to
news reporting targeted for a demographic of readers based on content or ideological
presentation.
Which of the following is NOT a reason that Americans prefer online news?
the accuracy and objectivity of the information found online
The following are all concerns raised by the growing popularity of online news EXCEPT
a reduction in the diversity of perspectives that can potentially be heard.
________ is generally regarded as a conservative news broadcasting service.
Fox News
The power of the media to draw public attention to particular issues and problems is called ________.
agenda setting
The media can set the political agenda in the United States by
identifying an issue as a problem that must be solved.
Besides their ideological biases, journalists also exhibit selection biases in favor of news stories they view as
having a great deal of dramatic or entertainment value.
Which of the following is NOT a reason why a free media is necessary to democratic government?
A free media is needed to ensure economic equality.
The________ regulates broadcast media.
Federal Communications Commission
Which of the following is regulated by the federal government?
television
The proliferation of news sources in recent years has
encouraged polarization because many media outlets seek to position themselves within
a discrete ideological or partisan niche rather than maintain a middle-of-the-road stance.
Which of the following best describes the relationship between the government and the media in the United States today?
The government does not own but regulates the content and ownership of broadcast
media.