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Parochialism, politics and the Tasmanian press : a study in the politics of journalism


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Tanner, SJ 1991 , 'Parochialism, politics and the Tasmanian press : a study in the politics of journalism', Research Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Newspapers are generally ascribed an important role within the community. With media attention becoming increasingly focussed on the reporting of conflict, this role can be an influential one. A great deal of research has been conducted into the relationship between the media and the broader community. Michael Gurevitch et al. have described the relationship as symbiotic - that media organisations draw on their environment both for economic survival and for the raw data needed to fulfill editorial requirements. The media is said to be a powerful influence on the formation of public opinion. According to Tod Gitlin the earliest studies have demonstrated that the media played a central role in, "consolidating and reinforcing the attitude of people." Newspapers have been said to, "both reflect public opinion and influence public opinion." Said Hertz: "People identify closely with their newspaper and actively use it." It is a two-way relationship; one in which media content may influence our behaviour and our behaviour may influence the content that is offered.

Item Type: Thesis - Research Master
Authors/Creators:Tanner, SJ
Keywords: Regionalism in the press, Tasmanian newspapers, Press and politics
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Thesis (MA)--University of Tasmania, 1991. Includes bibliographical references (leaves [354]-374)

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