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Making the News PopularMobilizing U.S. News Audiences$
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Anthony M. Nadler

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780252040146

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252040146.001.0001

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The Problem of Making News Popular

The Problem of Making News Popular

(p.1) Introduction The Problem of Making News Popular
Making the News Popular

Anthony M. Nadler

University of Illinois Press

This introductory chapter examines various models for popularizing and democratizing news that have been influential in the United States over the past several decades. It argues that the U.S. news industry has undergone a philosophical paradigm shift, moving away from an ideal of professional autonomy and into a “postprofessional” period characterized by an affirmation that consumers' preferences should drive news production. The chapter also describes several attempts made by key groups of news producers to shift control over the news agenda away from professional expertise and put it in the hands of ordinary news consumers: the market-centered newspaper movement epitomized by Gannett's USA Today, the creation of a genre of news amid competition among the major U.S. cable news channels, and the growth of online social news sites tapping into collaborative filtering as a mechanism for democratizing the news agenda.

Keywords:   U.S. news industry, postprofessional period, news production, news agenda, news consumers, USA Today, cable news channels, online social news

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