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Whose news: Who is the political gatekeeper in the early 21st century.

Perry, Josephine Rosa (2007) Whose news: Who is the political gatekeeper in the early 21st century. PhD thesis, London School of Economics and Political Science (United Kingdom).

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Abstract

The news media and the political public relations industry are linked in numerous ways and any change in their relationship has many repercussions, not just for those in the political news industry, but for society and democracy in the UK as a whole. Neither political PRs nor journalists can function effectively without the other and each relies upon the other to enhance their importance. They are both powerful groups but without the other their power is impaired and their ability to succeed is significantly reduced. The extent of this relationship on public life and society in the UK means that an analysis of these relationships is essential to understand just who the political gatekeeper is in the early 21st century. This thesis utilises interviews with professional practitioners in the political news industry to investigate the role of political journalists within the news media and the role of political PRs in the political public relations industry. It then establishes the extent and nature of the relationship between these two groups. The implications of this relationship are then analysed to determine whether it is possible for the news media to facilitate their role in democratic life in the UK. The thesis concludes that, as a result of all the changes in the news media and the dramatic growth in size and power of the political public relations industry, there is no longer a single political gatekeeper and that in fact political PRs and journalists conduct a collusive conflictual relationship. It presents a situation where not only are journalists hindered in carrying out the news media's democratic obligations but the news media is, as a whole, no longer able to effectively defend their obligations and journalists are failing in their role as a watchdog.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Mass Communications, Journalism
Sets: Departments > Media and Communications
Collections > ProQuest Etheses
URI: http://etheses.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/3038

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