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All the News That's Fit to Sell: How the Market Transforms Information Into News

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That market forces drive the news is not news. Whether a story appears in print, on television, or on the Internet depends on who is interested, its value to advertisers, the costs of assembling the details, and competitors' products. But in All the News That's Fit to Sell, economist James Hamilton shows just how this happens. Furthermore, many complaints about journalism--media bias, soft news, and pundits as celebrities--arise from the impact of this economic logic on news judgments.

This is the first book to develop an economic theory of news, analyze evidence across a wide range of media markets on how incentives affect news content, and offer policy conclusions. Media bias, for instance, was long a staple of the news. Hamilton's analysis of newspapers from 1870 to 1900 reveals how nonpartisan reporting became the norm. A hundred years later, some partisan elements reemerged as, for example, evening news broadcasts tried to retain young female viewers with stories aimed at their (Democratic) political interests. Examination of story selection on the network evening news programs from 1969 to 1998 shows how cable competition, deregulation, and ownership changes encouraged a shift from hard news about politics toward more soft news about entertainers.

Hamilton concludes by calling for lower costs of access to government information, a greater role for nonprofits in funding journalism, the development of norms that stress hard news reporting, and the defining of digital and Internet property rights to encourage the flow of news. Ultimately, this book shows that by more fully understanding the economics behind the news, we will be better positioned to ensure that the news serves the public good.

Synopsis:

"At what price do we get our news? The role of economics in defining the nature of contemporary journalism has never been better explained. A valuable, important book for those of us who watch, read, or listen to the news."--Marvin Kalb, Senior Fellow, Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy

"Forget everything you thought you knew about the news media. Jay Hamilton's lively, sophisticated analysis shows how powerful economic forces determine what we read and see on the news every day. The ills of media bias, celebrity journalism, and fluff coverage are just pieces of a much larger puzzle that Hamilton creatively assembles for us. Once you read this brilliant book, you'll finally understand what must be done to change and improve the news media."--Larry J. Sabato, Director, University of Virginia Center for Politics

"This is by far the best book in a new and growing field--economics of the media, one of the most important and neglected parts of economics. James Hamilton, the leading authority in the area, has produced a seminal analysis."--Tyler Cowen, author of Creative Destruction

"This is a superior piece of work. No other book does as good a job of analyzing economic factors shaping the news. One of the very few economists seriously examining the media, James Hamilton not only offers the single best analysis I have ever seen of the economic reasons objectivity became the hallmark of professional journalism, but has also done a superb job of looking at the economic factors shaping television news."--John Maxwell Hamilton, Marketplace Commentator and Dean, Manship School of Mass Communication, Louisiana State University

About the Author

James T. Hamilton is Charles S. Sydnor Professor of Public Policy, Economics, and Political Science at Duke University. He has written or coauthored six books, including "Regulation through Revelation" and "Channeling Violence" (Princeton), which won the Shorenstein Center's Goldsmith Book Prize. He is also a recipient of the David N. Kershaw award for distinguished public policy research.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

Chapter 1

Economic Theories of News 7

Chapter 2

A Market for Press Independence: The Evolution of Nonpartisan Newspapers in the Nineteenth Century 37

Chapter 3

News Audiences: How Strong Are the Public's Interests in the Public Interest? 71

Chapter 4

Information Programs on Network Television 121

Chapter 5

What Is News on Local Television Stations and in Local Newspapers 137

Chapter 6

The Changing Nature of the Network Evening News Programs 160

Chapter 7

News on the Net 190

Chapter 8

Journalists as Goods 215

Chapter 9

Content, Consequences, and Policy Choices 235

Notes 265 Bibliography 307

Index 339

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691116808
Subtitle:
How the Market Transforms Information into News
Author:
Hamilton, James T
Author:
Hamilton, James T.
Author:
Hamilton, James
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Location:
Princeton, N.J.
Subject:
Journalism
Subject:
Mass Media - Newspapers
Subject:
Television - General
Subject:
Television broadcasting of news
Subject:
Economics - Theory
Subject:
Press
Subject:
Industries - Media & Communications Industries
Subject:
Media Studies - Electronic Media
Subject:
Economics
Subject:
Political Science and International Relations
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
v. 4, no. 11
Publication Date:
20031222
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8 line illus. 70 tables.
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 17 oz

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"Synopsis" by , "At what price do we get our news? The role of economics in defining the nature of contemporary journalism has never been better explained. A valuable, important book for those of us who watch, read, or listen to the news."--Marvin Kalb, Senior Fellow, Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy

"Forget everything you thought you knew about the news media. Jay Hamilton's lively, sophisticated analysis shows how powerful economic forces determine what we read and see on the news every day. The ills of media bias, celebrity journalism, and fluff coverage are just pieces of a much larger puzzle that Hamilton creatively assembles for us. Once you read this brilliant book, you'll finally understand what must be done to change and improve the news media."--Larry J. Sabato, Director, University of Virginia Center for Politics

"This is by far the best book in a new and growing field--economics of the media, one of the most important and neglected parts of economics. James Hamilton, the leading authority in the area, has produced a seminal analysis."--Tyler Cowen, author of Creative Destruction

"This is a superior piece of work. No other book does as good a job of analyzing economic factors shaping the news. One of the very few economists seriously examining the media, James Hamilton not only offers the single best analysis I have ever seen of the economic reasons objectivity became the hallmark of professional journalism, but has also done a superb job of looking at the economic factors shaping television news."--John Maxwell Hamilton, Marketplace Commentator and Dean, Manship School of Mass Communication, Louisiana State University

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