ERIC Number: ED144131
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Sep
Reference Count: 0
News Values and Socio-Economic Priorities.
This paper discusses the need for global study of the link between socioeconomic priorities and the news values expressed by the mass media. Although the "gate keeper" theory is still considered to be valid (that is, the assumption that the media is selective in what it presents), additional audience research is suggested. The impact of a study in Arab countries of the "gate keeper" concept and audience preferences and remarks is described. Preliminary findings, covering one week of press, radio, and television news stories, indicated that, after presidential, royal, and national political news, aspects of economic development were most frequently covered. The "gate keeping" function in the Middle East, then, can be perceived as the result of a national consensus of socioeconomic priorities and news values. Biographical information about this paper's author is appended. (KS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: International Inst. of Communications, London (England).
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Institute of Communications (Washington, D.C., September 11-15, 1977)