News in a Digital Age - Comparing the Presentation of News Information over Time and Across Media Platforms

Sharing core norms and values
Posted May 19, 2019 | Rand Corporation, Jennifer Kavanagh, William Marcellino, Jonathan Blakethe et al

This report by the Rand Corporation presents a quantitative assessment of changes in the presentation of news over the past 30 years and how it varies across platforms. Jennifer KavanaghWilliam MarcellinoJonathan Blakethe et al consider the linguistic characteristics as social attitude, sentiment, affect, subjectivity, and relation with authority in newspapers, broadcast television news, broadcast news and prime-time cable programming, and newspapers and online journalism. The authors suggest that news content has shifted from more-objective event- and context-based reporting to one that is more subjective, relies more on argumentation and advocacy, and includes more emotional appeals. They discuss the implications of these trends for the media ecosystem, particularly the diminishing role of facts and analysis in political discourse.


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