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ERIC Number: ED257128
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Aug
Pages: 33
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All the Deviance That's Fit to Print: Newsworthiness and Social Change.
Shoemaker, Pamela J.
This study examines the relationship between deviance and newsworthiness. A general explanation of deviance and definitions for five types of deviance--statistical, pathological, normative, labeling, and self-conception--are provided in the first sections of this paper. Next, the relationship between deviance and communication is explored, as are four approaches to communication: (1) content as function of media routines, (2) content as influenced by journalists' socialization and attitudes, (3) content as resulting from social and institutional forces, and (4) content as a function of ideological position. Major indicators of newsworthiness--such as novelty, conflict, sensationalism, and prominence--are also discussed, as well as other criteria, including timeliness, proximity, importance, and interest. A theoretical explanation for the relationship between deviance and newsworthiness is then provided. The summary points out that half of what is newsworthy can be interpreted as being deviant and that to the extent that deviant people and events bring about the opportunity for change, publicizing deviance is a prerequisite for controlling the direction and extent of social change. (DF)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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