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Making Sense of Media and Politics

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Part I: Political Actors Compete Over the News Media 1. Political Power and Power Over the Media 2. Political Control and Media Independence Part II: Turning Politics Into News 3. No Such Thing as Objective News 4. Telling a Good Story Part III: Media Effects 5. The Media Get You When You're Not Paying Attention

About the Author

Gadi Wolfsfeld is Professor in the departments of political science and communication at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He also holds the Danny Arnold Chair in Communication. He is former chair of the political communication section of the American Political Science Association. Dr. Wolfsfeld is the author of Media and the Path to Peace and Media and Political Conflict: News from the Middle East, as well as editor of Political Communication in a New Era: A Cross-National Perspective. Prof. Wolfsfeld was awarded the 2017 Murray Edelman Lifetime Distinguished Career Award by the Political Communication section of the American Political Science Association.


"Authored by one of the world's leading political communication scholars, Making Sense of Media and Politics presents an ideal blend of theory, research and argument, and does so in a way that is both sophisticated and accessible. Organized around five core and interrelated principles regarding the role of political elites, journalists, and the public, this book would serve well as either the central text in introductory political communication courses or as a supplement to more general courses in politics, journalism, and media studies." --Michael X. Delli Carpini, University of Pennsylvaniaaaaa "Concise, clear and conversational, this political communication primer is an insightful and engaging introduction to an important field of study." --Kathleen Hall Jamieson, University of Pennsylvania. "This lively and original synthesis of the research literature in political communication is at once a brilliant theoretical statement and a downright fun read. Wolfsfeld's five basic principles about politics and the news don't just summarize what we know. They distill the essential elements of how the system works into a new theoretical perspective that spells out why the most important things to understand about politics and the media are not what we expect them to be. This small book is destined for greatness. If I were stuck on a desert island with a single book about political communication as my only possession, I'd want it to be this one." --Scott Althaus, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign "In Making Sense of Media and Politics, Gadi Wolfsfeld demystifies a complex story without jargon. He enlivens his account with wit and fresh, up-to-date examples. This is the ideal text for courses on Media and Society." --William Gamson, Boston College "Wolfsfeld speaks authoritatively and avuncularly to how citizens can better understand the interactions between media and politics. Drawing from prominent examples around the world--from Hurricane Katrina to the Oslo Accords--Making Sense of Media and Politics effectively illustrates the macro- and micro-level implications of today's nuanced media landscape. Whether it is the faithful print-newspaper reader or the web enthusiast, Wolfsfeld's engaging style is sure to stimulate readers' interest in more carefully scrutinizing how the media shape our political lives." --Patricia Moy, University of Washington

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