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Media Policy for an Informed Citizenry: Revisiting the Information Needs of Communities for Democracy in Crisis

Media Policy for an Informed Citizenry: Revisiting the Information Needs of Communities for Democracy in Crisis

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March 2024 | SAGE Publications, Inc

The ongoing crisis in American democracy is the result of a confluence of factors that still need to be fully untangled. One irrefutable contributor, however, is a news and information environment that has evolved in ways that made it more difficult for citizens to effectively meet their information needs and to be well-informed participants in the democratic process. Journalism’s substantial protection under the First Amendment casts doubt upon whether any of these problems can – or should – be addressed by policymakers. This issue of The Annals is motivated by an instance in which policymakers did attempt a robust inquiry into the questions of whether community’s critical information needs were being effectively met and if media policy could help to maintain a news and information environment that meets these needs.

Paperback: $42.00, Sale Price $33.60, ISBN: 9781071952627
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Part I: Policy
Nikki Usher Joshua P. Darr Philip M. Napoli Michael L. Miller
Media Policy for an Informed Citizenry: Revisiting the Information Needs of Communities for Democracy in Crisis
Lewis A. Friedland
Taking It to the States: The Origins of Critical Information Needs
Philip M. Napoli
What Is Media Policy?
Jessica Mahone
An Overview of State and Local Legislation to Support Local News: Policy Mechanisms and Challenges to Impact
Sewell Chan
A Lost Decade: Policymakers Fiddled as Newsrooms Burned
Part II: Supply
Erik Peterson Johanna Dunaway
The New News Barons: Investment Ownership Reduces Newspaper Reporting Capacity
Nikki Usher
Delegitimizing Rural Public Health Departments: How Decaying Local News Ecologies, Misinformation, and Radicalization Undermine Community Storytelling Networks
Joshua P. Darr
How Sticky Is Pink Slime? Assessing the Credibility of Deceptive Local Media
Patricia D. Posey
Information Inequality: How Race and Financial Access Reflect the Information Needs of Lower-Income Individuals
Part III: Demand
Ava Francesca Battocchio Kjerstin Thorson Dan Hiaeshutter-Rice Marisa Smith Yingying Chen Stephanie Edgerly Kelley Cotter Hyesun Choung Chuqing Dong Moldir Moldagaliyeva Christopher E. Etheridge
Who Will Tell the Stories of Health Inequities? Platform Challenges (and Opportunities) in Local Civic Information Infrastructure
Stephanie Edgerly Yu Xu
Local-Level Information-Seeking in the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Repertoire Approach
Kokil Jaidka Sean Fischer Yphtach Lelkes Yifei Wang
News Nationalization in a Digital Age: An Examination of How Local Protests Are Covered and Curated Online
Joseph Torres Collette Watson
Repairing Journalism’s History of Anti-Black Harm
Part IV: Adaptation
Margaret Sullivan
A Media Insider’s Wish List for Saving Local Journalism
Lourdes M. Cueva Chacón Jessica Retis
¿Qué pasa with American News Media? How Digital-Native Latinx News Serves Community Information Needs Using Messaging Apps
Amelia N. Gibson
The Problem with “Most People”: Racism and Ableism in U.S. COVID-19 Public Health Communication
Mark S. Nadel
New Ideas for Improving the Economics of Producing Local Journalism

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