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1 The New Media and the Decline in Presidential News Cohen Chapter 3

2 Heres the Game There will be three teams. The first slide will have a question. You will have 2 minutes to raise your hand with an answer for that question. Once you have raised your hand, you will have 10 seconds to reasonably start your answer. So, there should be no hand raising without knowing the answer. The next slide will have the answer. If your answer is reasonably close (as determined by Professor Duff) to the answer on the slide you will receive 1 point for your team. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins an awesome prize.

3 Question 1 Compared to the broadcasting (or golden) age of presidential news, the amount of presidential news in the new media age has….

4 Answer 1 Declined

5 Question 2 According to the text, there are two reasons why the amount of presidential news matters. What are they?

6 Answer 2 1.The amount of news on the president affects the publics ability to hold the president accountable. 2.The quantity of presidential news affects the presidents ability to lead.

7 Question 3 According to the text, news organizations are often pulled into two different directions. What are these directions?

8 Answer 3 1.They want to fulfill their public service mission. 2.They are businesses that need to turn a profit.

9 Question 4 According to Cohen, what is the news beat?

10 Answer 4 The standard organizational routines a news organization goes through to produce the news on a regular basis.

11 Question 5 What topics generally make up the national news agenda?

12 Answer 5 1.Activities of the national government 2.Issues that affect the entire nation 3.Foreign events 4.News about the president

13 Question 6 What does Cohen mean when he discusses the national news system?

14 Answer 6 The development, since at least the 1920s where the major national news networks began to produce similar content across organizations, to the point where some scholars have labeled the national news media as a single institution.

15 Question 7 By the late nineteenth century presidents had begun to seriously engage the national news media. What 3 initial steps did they take to do this?

16 Answer 7 1.They increasingly committed White House resources, such as staff, to aid journalists in covering the president. 2.They provided journalists with services and support, such as production facilities, technical support, and press releases, that eased the task of reporting on the president. 3.They began to engage in a variety of public activities, many designed so that reporters would have something about the president to report on.

17 Question 8 What two factors played the most important roles in increasing the size of the audience for presidential news?

18 Answer 8 1.Radio and television created a national audience and also personalized the president for the public. 2.Federal regulatory policies, which greatly restricted access to entry into broadcasting, limiting the publics viewing options to the major networks.

19 Question 9 According to Cohen, there are five major factors that affect presidential news coverage today. What are they?

20 Answer 9 1.Cable Television 2.Government Growth 3.Economic Distress 4.Wars 5.New Presidents

21 Question 10 Describe the study conducted by The Project for Excellence in Journalism.

22 Answer 10 They content analyzed the news of seven major media outletsABC, CBS, NBC, Time, Newsweek, New York Times, Los Angeles Times. They coded the amount of traditional or hard news across all these providers. Basically, they show a dramatic decrease in the amount of hard news across all these outlets, other than the NY Times.

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