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Political News

Winfried Schulz


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Political news was published in leaflets and early →  Newspapers in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, shortly after the advent of printing (→  Printing, History of ). However, only the cheap, mass circulation press in the nineteenth century and, most notably, →  Radio and →  Television about a century later made political news available to a general audience (→  Media History ). Today, regular newscasts on many radio and television programs, 24-hour news networks, and a multitude of websites on the Internet make political news continuously available and pervasive in society (→  Internet News ; Newscast, 24-Hour ). The deployment of global news logistics – →  foreign correspondents , →  news agencies , and news pools around the world – as well as advances in cable, satellite, and other transmission technologies, have brought about an enormous expansion of the political news supply. In addition to studying the historical, technological, and organizational aspects of news production, communication research concentrates on three questions when examining political news: how does political news portray political reality? What kind of political knowledge does the audience get from political news? What are the functions of news for the political system? According to common understanding, political news is a representation of current events and relevant issues, of individual politicians, ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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