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Politics and the Media
Intersections and New Directions

First Edition
  • Jane Hall - American University, Washington, DC, USA


400 pages | CQ Press
"The book is very timely and it has good case studies for students to discuss in class. It has chapters on
race- and gender-related issues. You can use it as the main textbook, or you can assign it as supplementary reading material."
—Ivy Shen, PhD. Southeast Missouri State University

Politics and the Media: Intersections and New Directions examines how media and political institutions interact to shape public thinking and debates around social problems, cultural norms, and policies. From the roles of race and gender in American politics to the 2020 elections and the global coronavirus pandemic, this is an extraordinary moment for politicians, the news media, and democracy itself. Drawing from years of experience as an active political media analyst, an award-winning journalist and professor of politics and the media, Jane Hall explores how media technologies, practices, and formats shape political decision-making; how political forces influence media institutions; and how public opinion and media audiences are formed. Students will gain an understanding of these issues through a combination of scholarship, in-depth interviews, and contemporary case-studies that will help them develop their own views and learn to express them constructively. 

 
Chapter 1: The Landscape of Media and Politics Today
 
Chapter 2: Underlying Concepts & Historical Foundations
 
Chapter 3: Political Advertising: Persuasion and Deception
 
Chapter 4: Reporting the News: Cultural Bias, Trust, and Accountability
 
Chapter 5: Politicians, the Media, and Social Media: The Push-Pull Relationship
 
Chapter 6: Race and Immigration in Media and Politics: Protests, Policies, and Reform
 
Chapter 7: Global Media: The International Influencer
 
Chapter 8: The Media and Women in Politics

"It better contextualizes RECENT changes to media politics - integration of digital media, complexity of political phenomenon like fake news and misinformation, and puts it into a perspective that accounts for changes in the last 60 years."

Jeffrey N. Carroll
Chestnut Hill College

"The book is very timely and it has good case studies for students to discuss in class. It has chapters on
race- and gender-related issues. You can use it as the main textbook, or you can assign it as supplementary reading material."

Ivy Shen, PhD
Southeast Missouri State University

"An up-to-date exploration of the changing role of media in our politics."

Donna Halper, PhD, Associate Professor of Communication and Media Studies
Lesley University, Cambridge MA

Jane Hall

Jane Hall is an associate professor in the School of Communication at American University in Washington, D.C., specializing in researching, writing and teaching about the intersection of media and politics and journalism.  Before joining American University, Hall was a journalist covering the news media, politics and policy for national publications, including nine years as the media correspondent for the Los Angeles Times in New York.  She was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and winner of the Los Angeles Times Editor's Award and the Los Angeles Press Club Award. Hall is moderator and executive producer for the long-running... More About Author