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News Values

News Values

November 2007 | 216 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Written by two practitioner-academics (who between them have more than fifty years of news industry experience), News Values analyses the shape of the news industry - a world of rolling news and multimedia platforms, and a world where broadcast news is increasingly considered another element of show business.

Detailed chapters include critiques of existing theories, close study of the newspaper, radio, television and internet news channels, plus informative chapters on the many factors that shape the news we read, watch and hear including the role of the citizen journalist, user-generated content, spin doctors, and the new wave of press barons. Further chapters provide detailed analysis of the way in which the same story is treated across different media channels, and how journalists and editors work to keep breathing new life into rolling news stories.

So what is wrong with Galtung and Ruge's News Value system?

Analysing News Values
The key analysis of Galtung and Ruge's Structuring and Selecting News

How To Study News Values
What factors govern the new system?

National Daily Newspapers
Agenda setters - or mirrors on society?

National Television News
The problem child of the news family

Sunday Newspapers
Where news and reflection start to merge

Rolling News
The emergence of rolling news brings with it fresh challenges to the journalist and editor

Radio Broadcast News
Facing a set of challenges and pressures as the digital age embeds itself in modern culture

Smaller Markets and Niches
Beyond the obvious - special cases for the news industry

Regional and Local Television News
Where commerce and community meet - and sometimes collide

The Rise and Rise of Citizen Journalist
How user-generated content is shaping the agenda, or not.

Corruption of Values
Truths, half truths, lies, censorship, coercion and spin

Same story, different media, different treatments
What can the Litvinenko story tell us about the changing media landscape?

And finally…
The case been made for a fresh approach to the news value system


This is a very engaging text and I will use it for planning a couple of lectures on this course. I will also recommend to my library. It is a little too focused to be the main text for my course, but definitely good supplemental reading.

Ms Victoria Pagan
The Business School, Newcastle University
May 3, 2016

A central topic for journalism students. The whole subject of what is news and how to write it has come into focus in the internet age, when so many young people do not understand what news is.

Mr Philip Cowan
Media, University of Hertfordshire
February 15, 2013

This is an excellent book that offers a historical analysis of news values starting with Galtung and Ruge, critiques of theories and and an examination of how news values have evolved across the media.

Ms Deborah Gabriel
School of Media, Music & Performance, Salford University
March 6, 2012

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