News Media as Political Institutions

Robert W McChesney, Victor Pickard

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This chapter discusses research on the policies, laws, and subsidies that create and shape the organizational structures and practices that form the basis of the news media. The research reviewed treats news media institutions as political actors and makes assumptions about journalism’s importance in a democratic society. Although this line of research, with its emphasis on political economic and normative questions, often has been marginalized in American mass communication scholarship, the authors explain its ongoing importance, particularly in relation to the journalism crisis, and, suggest future directions.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Political Communication
EditorsKate Kenski, Kathleen Hall Jamieson
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Print)9780199793471
StatePublished - Aug 2017


  • journalism crisis
  • news media institutions
  • press subsidies
  • media policy history
  • public goods
  • media structures
  • advertising-supported news
  • public media


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