How Australia Decides: Election Reporting and the Media

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Cambridge University Press, Dec 1, 2010 - Social Science - 346 pages
In recent years, the Australian media have come under fire for their reporting of politics and election campaigns. Political reporting is said to be too influenced by commercial concerns, too obsessed with gossip and scandal, and too focused on trivia and 'sound bites' at the expense of serious issues. There are accusations of bias, sensationalism, 'lazy' journalism and 'horse-race' reporting that is obsessed with opinion polls. How Australia Decides is the first book to put these allegations to the test. Based on a four-year empirical study, Sally Young reports the results of the only systematic, historical and in-depth analysis of Australian election reporting. This groundbreaking book shows how election reporting has changed over time, and how political news audiences, news production and shifts in political campaigning are influencing media content – with profound implications for Australian democracy.
 

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Have read the first chapter of Young's thesis-turned-book. Good analysis of how Australian politics are written about, spoken about and disseminated.

Contents

Election reporting in the 2000s
1
The political news audience
23
The elite public sphere
42
The popular public sphere
61
Elections and audiences
84
Where does election news come from
105
News political reporting and the internet
203
Bias
229
News the public and democracy
255
Appendix
281
Index
309
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Sally Young is Senior Lecturer in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne.

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