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Written by a linguist who is himself a journalist, this is a uniquely informed account of the language of the news media. Based in the frameworks of sociolinguistics and discourse analysis its concerns are with the notion of the news story, the importance of the processes which produce media language and the role of the audience.

Synopsis:

An analysis of the use of language in the news media. The book explores the way in which items evolve and argues that most news programmes create stories rather than articles. It also examines the way in which the audience influences language, and how that language is understood or misunderstood.

Synopsis:

Written by a linguist who is himself a journalist, this is a uniquely informed account of the language of the news media. The aim of this book is to explore this influential language, to ask what the patterns of media discourse tell readers about wider linguistic issues, and what they also reveal about news and the media.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [254]-268) and index.

About the Author

Allan Bell has been both making and studying media language for many years. He has worked as a journalist and editor in a daily news service, weekly newspaper and monthly magazines. He has researched media language in several countries, especially New Zealand and the United Kingdom. He is an Honorary Research Fellow at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand combining his research there with work as a freelance journalist and media consultant.

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables.

Editor's Preface.

Introduction and Acknowledgements.

1. Media and Language.

1.1. Why Study Media Language?.

1.2. Media Language Research and the disciplines.

1.3. Themes of the book.

2. Researching Media Language.

2.1. Universe and sample.

2.2. What's news: defining genres.

2.3. News outlets.

2.4. News outputs.

2.5. Pitfalls, shortcuts and the wrong way round.

2.6. The media react to research.

3. The Production of News Language.

3.1. Many hands make tight work.

3.2. Producer roles in news language.

3.3. The news assembly line.

3.4. Embedding in the news text.

4. Authoring and Editing the News Text.

4.1. Constructing the news text.

4.2. How news is edited.

4.3. Why edit?.

5. The Audience for Media Language.

5.1. Disjunction and isolation.

5.2. Multiple roles in the audience.

5.3. Audience embedding.

5.4. Communications as audience.

6. Stylin' the News: Audience Design.

6.1. Style in language.

6.2. Style and audience status in the British press.

6.3. Audience design in New Zealand radio.

6.4. Editing copy for style.

7. Talking Strange: Referee Design in Media Language.

7.1. Taking the initiative.

7.2. The referees.

7.3. Television advertisements as referee design.

8. Telling Stories.

8.1. News stories and personal narratives.

8.2. News values.

8.3. News as stories.

8.4. The structure of news stories.

9. Makeup of the News Story.

9.1. The lead.

9.2. Headlines.

9.3. News stories and actors.

9.4. Time and place in the news.

9.5. Facts and figures.

9.6. Talking heads.

10. Telling It Like It Isn't.

10.1. Approaches to media miscommunication.

10.2. Misreporting: the climate case change.

10.3. Misediting international news.

11. (Mis)understanding the News.

11.1. Recall and comprehension.

11.2. The public misunderstand climate change.

Notes.

References.

Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780631164357
Preface:
Trudgill, Peter
Author:
Trudgill, Peter
Author:
Bell, Allan
Publisher:
Blackwell Publishers
Location:
Oxford, UK ;
Subject:
Mass media
Subject:
Newspapers
Subject:
Broadcast journalism
Subject:
Sociolinguistics
Subject:
Mass media and language.
Subject:
Newspapers -- Language.
Subject:
Mass Media - General
Subject:
Media Studies
Subject:
Linguistics
Subject:
Sociology-Media
Copyright:
Series:
Language in Society
Series Volume:
16
Publication Date:
September 1991
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
296
Dimensions:
8.96x6.12x.73 in. .98 lbs.

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Linguistics » Sociolinguistics
History and Social Science » Linguistics » Specific Languages and Groups
History and Social Science » Sociology » Media
Humanities » Philosophy » General
Reference » Words Phrases and Language

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"Synopsis" by , An analysis of the use of language in the news media. The book explores the way in which items evolve and argues that most news programmes create stories rather than articles. It also examines the way in which the audience influences language, and how that language is understood or misunderstood.
"Synopsis" by , Written by a linguist who is himself a journalist, this is a uniquely informed account of the language of the news media. The aim of this book is to explore this influential language, to ask what the patterns of media discourse tell readers about wider linguistic issues, and what they also reveal about news and the media.
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