The news provides a refracted version of reality because it
emphasizes dramatic and compelling news stories.
In comparison with today’s newspapers, early American newspapers
could not have survived without political party support.
The technological change that brought about the decline of the partisan press was the
invention of the high-speed rotary press.
The yellow journalism of the late nineteenth century was characterized by
the emphasis on sensationalism as a way of selling newspapers.
Objective journalism is based on the idea that the reporter’s job is to
report the facts and cover alternative sides of a partisan debate.
The Communications Act
mposed on broadcasters an “equal time” restriction that prevented preference for some political candidates over others.
Which of the following is true of age differences in news consumption?
Age differences in news consumption shrink for Internet-based news but do not disappear.
The federal government’s licensing of broadcasting is based primarily on
the scarcity of broadcasting frequencies.
Most successful Internet blogs
have a liberal bias.
The term “framing” is used to describe
the process of selecting certain aspects of reality and making them the most salient part of the communication, thereby conveying a particular interpretation of a situation.
What is the “Rose Garden strategy”?
the presidential strategy of controlling communications by making nearly all pronouncements from the same location
The FCC’s equal time requirement
prohibits broadcasters from selling or giving time to political candidates and denying it to their opponents.
What development brought about a dramatic reduction in television’s capacity to generate an interest in news?
the rapid spread of cable
One of the reasons the reporting of national news is relatively uniform among news sources is that
a small number of news organizations and news services generate most of the news.
At which of the following times did the American media step back from their watchdog role?
after the September 11th terrorist attacks
How has the Internet affected the watchdog capacity of the media?
It has expanded the watchdog capacity of the media.
In contrast with European news media, American news media are more likely to
act primarily as neutral transmitters of information.
The media perform the signaling role by
informing the public of breaking events and new developments.
In terms of news consumption, since the 1980s young adults
have been less informed than older ones.
The news media’s common-carrier role is based on the idea that
the press should provide a channel through which political leaders can communicate their views to the public.
Which institution receives the most news coverage from the national press?
The Watergate scandal illustrates the
power of the media to serve as watchdog to safeguard against abuses of power.
Agenda-setting is an action that falls under which of the major roles played by the press?
Which of the following is one of the two major advantages of journalists in covering the political game and strategic aspects of news instead of the policy frame?
The political game is a constant source of fresh material.
The reason the news product is designed to fascinate as well as to inform is because
news organizations are fundamentally businesses and must obtain revenue to survive.
On both radio and television, most successful partisan talk shows
have been hosted by conservatives
CNN and MSNBC have responded to Fox’s ratings success by
installing talk-show hosts with partisan or hard-edged appeals.
Which of the following statements is true?
Objective journalism is based on communication of facts and fairness.
The Gazette of the United States was founded to promote the policies of President
One special contribution of Internet-based news is that it
provides the ordinary citizen with an opportunity to be part of the news system
Which newspaper was the first to reduce the price of a daily copy to a penny?
New York Sun
Yellow journalism contributed to public support for the
________ once said, “You furnish the pictures and I’ll furnish the war.”
William Randolph Hearst
The traditional media have “softened” their news by
infusing it with more stories about celebrities, crime, and the like.
In the 1960s, presidential candidates
had longer sound bites, on average, in broadcast television newscasts.
Which of the following characteristics does the Internet have that traditional media lack?
the ability to allow readers to interact with news reporting
Which of the following statements has been shown by scholarly research to be true?
Network journalists tend to be negative.
On-the-scene coverage of a natural disaster is an example of the press’s role of
During what decade did the American news audience change from a growing to a shrinking one?
Among the following, the news media are usually guided by events that
Historically, the American press has shifted from
a political to a journalistic orientation
During the era of objective journalism, the commitment of newspapers to two-sided news reporting
did not extend to their editorializing
Which of the following does NPR serve as an example of?
the one true success story of public broadcasting
The “long tail” is a phenomenon related to
the rate of Internet news readership.