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Australian TV News

New Forms, Functions, and Futures

Stephen Harrington



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Intellect Books
15 February 2014
Australian TV News explores the important role of entertainment in Australian television news over the past decade. Through the use of textual analysis, industry interviews, and audience research, it argues that infotainment and satire are increasingly becoming significant methods of informing audiences about serious news issues. The work examines the changing relationships between television news, politics, and everyday people, finding that these often humorous programs are used by audiences as sources of political information and fact, and this book challenges traditional assumptions about what form TV news should take and what functions it ought to serve.
Imprint:   Intellect Books
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 178mm,  Spine: 20mm
Weight:   576g
ISBN:   9781841507170
ISBN 10:   1841507172
Pages:   216
Publication Date:  
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Further / Higher Education ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Introduction Forms and functions Research methods Chapter 1: The new news Tabloidisation and the 'narrative of decline' The power of the popular Another way 'Fake' news Countering FOX Partisan? Fifth estate Breaking the rules Chapter 2: Waking up with friends What is Sunrise? Breakfast time 'Real people have nicknames': The hosts 'The family' (Extra)ordinary News Chapter 3: Sunrise: Infotainment and the 'televisual sphere' Genre 'Dumbing down'? Depth of news The televisual sphere Chapter 4: The democracy of conversation The Panel: A short history Fun news Authenticity Discursivity Democracy Chapter 5: Weapons of war Waging war on everything Pushing the limits 'It's like Jackass...' Political satire 'It's about culture...' Hitting the limits Chapter 6: What have we learned from The Chaser this week? Media satire Critical intertextuality Dissecting the tabloid Chasing reporters Media sceptics Making sense of the news Chapter 7: Journalism in crisis? Cultural chaos A holistic perspective Winning the arms race For fun, not money Conclusion Journalism education after 'journalism' New methods

Stephen Harrington is a lecturer in media and communication at Queensland University of Technology, Australia. His research interests include television entertainment, politics and citizen engagement, and contemporary journalism practice; he has written extensively within these fields.

Reviews for Australian TV News: New Forms, Functions, and Futures

Harrington...melds content analysis, interviews with industry figures, and audience research to seek out a full picture of what is being aired on satirical and other infotainment programs. --Communication Booknotes Quarterly

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