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International News Selection by the Elite Press: A Case Study

Sophia Peterson
The Public Opinion Quarterly
Vol. 45, No. 2 (Summer, 1981), pp. 143-163
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2748788
Page Count: 21
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International News Selection by the Elite Press: A Case Study
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Abstract

This study examines the news factors influencing the selection of international news for publication-frequency, threshold, unambiguity, meaningfulness, personal and national elitism, and negativity. The subject of investigation is The Times (London) during a two-week period (January-February, 1975). Comparisons are made between published and unpublished news events, coded according to World Event/Interaction Survey event categories. To avoid some of the problems inherent in testing individual news factors, the complementarity and additivity hypotheses were also tested; both are supported by the data. In addition, relevance of the study to policy issues such as agenda setting by the press and recent Third World criticism of Western news coverage is discussed.

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