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COMM3340M Module Reading List

The Reporting of Politics, 2021/22, Semester 2
Matthias Revers
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

General texts and introductions to political news

Bennett, L. W. (2016). News. The Politics of Illusion. (10th ed.). Chicago, IL: The University of Chicago Press.

Blumler, J.G. (1997) ‘Origins of the Crisis of Communication for Citizenship’ Political communication. 14: 395-404.

McNair, B (2011) An Introduction to Political Communication 5th edition, Routledge

Schudson, M. (2011). The sociology of news. New York; London: W. W. Norton & Co.

Shoemaker, P. J., & Reese, S. D. (2013). Mediating the message in the 21st century : a media Sociology perspectiveISBN: 9780415989138 (hardback); 9780415989145 (paperback); 9780203930434 (ebook). London; New York: Routledge.

Wahl-Jorgensen, K., & Hanitzsch, T. (2009). The handbook of journalism studiesISBN: 9780805863420; 9780805863437; 9781410618061. New York: Routledge.

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Civil sphere and politics as a ritual iand narrative

Alexander, J.C. 2006. The civil sphere. Oxford University Press.  

Alexander, J.C. 2018. The Societalization of Social Problems: Church Pedophilia, Phone Hacking, and the Financial Crisis. American Sociological Review. 83(6), pp.1049–1078.

Alexander, J. C., Breese, E. B., & Luengo, M. (Eds.). (2016). The crisis of journalism reconsidered : democratic culture, professional codes, digital futureISBN: 9781107448513 (paperback); 9781107085251 (hardback). Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press.

Botello, N.A. and Magnoni, J.A. 2018. The Civil Sphere in Mexico: Between Democracy and Authoritarianism In: J. Alexander and C. Tognato, eds. The Civil Sphere in Latin America. Cambridge University Press, pp.19–38.  

Cottle, S. (2006) ‘Mediated Rituals: beyond manufacturing consent Media, culture & society.. 28 (3) 411-432  

Couldry, N. (2003) Media rituals : a critical approach London, Routledge

Couldry N. and Rothenbuhler E (2007) ‘Somon Cottle on Mediatised Rituals: a Response’ Media, culture & society.. 29 (4) 691-695 

Jacobs, R. N. (2000). Race, media, and the crisis of civil society : from Watts to Rodney KingISBN: 0521625785 (pbk); 052162360x. Cambridge, UK; New York: Cambridge University Press.

Jacobs, R. N., & Townsley, E. (2011). The space of opinion : media intellectuals and the public sphereISBN: 9780199798018 (e-book). Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press.

Polletta, F. 1998. Contending stories: narrative in social movements. Qualitative Sociology. 21(4), pp.419-446. 

Revers, M. (2017). Contemporary journalism in the US and Germany : agents of accountabilityISBN: 9781137515377 (e-book). New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Smith, P. 2005. Why war? The Cultural Logic of Iraq, the Gulf War, and Suez. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, pp. 154-204.  

Wahl-Jorgensen, K. 2013. The strategic ritual of emotionality: A case study of Pulitzer Prize-winning articles. Journalism. 14(1), pp.129–145. 

Wahl-Jorgensen, K. 2018. Emotions, media and politics. Cambridge: Polity Press.  

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Media events and scandals

Canel, M. J. and Sanders, K. (2006) ‘Chapter 4: The Storytellers’, in Morality Tales: Political Scandals & Journalism in Britain & Spain in the 1990’s. Hampton Press, pp. 61–84.  

Couldry, N., Hepp, A., & Krotz, F. (Eds.). (2010). Media events in a global ageISBN: 9780203872604 (e-book). London ; New York: Routledge.

Dayan, D. and Katz E (1992) Media events : the live broadcasting of history Cambridge Mass: Harvard University Press

Miltner, K.M. and Baym, N.K. 2015. The selfie of the year of the selfie: Reflections on a media scandal. International Journal of Communication, 9, pp.1701-1715.    

Neckel, S. 2005. Political Scandals An Analytical Framework. Comparative Sociology. 4(1), pp.101–114.

Schudson, M. 2004. Notes on Scandal and the Watergate Legacy. American Behavioral Scientist. 47(9), pp.1231–1238.

Sonnevend, J. (2016). Stories without borders : the Berlin Wall and the making of a global iconic eventsISBN: 9780190604325 (e-book). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.  

Thompson, J. (2000). Political scandal. Cambridge: Polity.  

Zelizer, B. (1992). Covering the body : the Kennedy assassination, the media, and the shaping of collective memoryISBN: 0226979709; 0226979717. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Zelizer, B. (2010). About to die : how news images move the publicISBN: 9780199752140 (pbk.); 9780199752133 (hbk.). Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press.

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Media systems, comparative media research

Alexander, J. C. (1990). The Mass News Media in Systemic, Historical and Comparative Perspective. In J. C. Alexander & P. B. Colomy (Eds.), Differentiation theory and social change : comparative and historical perspectives (pp. 17–51). New York: Columbia University Press.[see online course reading folder]

Blumler, J.G. & Gurevitch, M. (1995) The crisis of public communication, Routledge

Esser, F. (1998). Editorial Structures and Work Principles in British and German Newsrooms. European journal of communication.ISSN: 0267-3231, 13(3), 375–405.

Esser, F., & Pfetsch, B. (2004). Comparing political communication : theories, cases, and challengesISBN: 0521535409 (pbk); 0521828317. Cambridge, UK; New York: Cambridge University Press.

Hallin, D. C., & Mancini, P. (2004). Comparing Media Systems: Three Models of Media and Politics. Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press.

Hallin, D. C., & Mancini, P. (2012). Comparing media systems beyond the Western worldISBN: 9781107699540 (pbk.); 9781107013650 (hbk.); 1107013658 (hbk.); 1107699541 (pbk.). Cambridge ; New York: Cambridge University Press.

Hanitzsch, T., Hanusch, F., Mellado, C., Anikina, M., Berganza, R., Cangoz, I., … Kee Wang Yuen, E. (2011). Mapping Journalism Cultures Across Nations. Journalism studies.ISSN: 1461-670x, 12(3), 273–293.

Hanitzsch, T. (2007). Deconstructing Journalism Culture: Toward a Universal Theory. Communication theory : a journal of the International Communication Association.ISSN: 1050-3293, 17, 367–385.

Patterson, T. E., & Donsbach, W. (1996). News Decisions: Journalists as Partisan Actors. Political communication.ISSN: 1058-4609 13(4), 455–468.

Pfetsch, B. (2001). Political Communication Culture in the United States and Germany. The Harvard international journal of press/politics.ISSN: 1081-180x, 6(1), 46–67.

Pfetsch, B. (Ed.). (2014). Political communication cultures in Europe : attitudes of political actors and journalists in nine countriesISBN: 9781137314284 (e-book) Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.

Revers, M. (2017). Contemporary journalism in the US and Germany : agents of accountabilityISBN: 9781137515377 (e-book). New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

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Journalistic fields

Benson, R. (2013). Shaping immigration news : a French-American comparisonISBN: 9780521715676 paperback; 0521715679 paperback. New York: Cambridge University Press. 

Benson, R. 2009. What makes news more multiperspectival? A field analysis. Poetics. 37(5–6), pp.402–418.

Benson, R., & Neveu, E. (2005). Bourdieu and the journalistic fieldISBN: 0745633870 (pbk) : £16.99; 0745633862. Cambridge; Malden, MA: Polity.

Benson, R., & Saguy, A. C. (2005). Constructing Social Problems in an Age of Globalization: A French-American Comparison. American sociological review.ISSN: 0003-1224, 70(2), 233–259.

Bourdieu, P. 1993. The Field of Cultural Production: Essays on Art and Literature. New York: Columbia University Press.

Fligstein, N. and McAdam, D. 2011. Toward a General Theory of Strategic Action Fields. Sociological Theory. 29(1), pp.1–26.

Tandoc, E.C. 2018. Five ways BuzzFeed is preserving (or transforming) the journalistic field. Journalism. 19(2), pp.200–216.

Vos, T.P., Craft, S. and Ashley, S. 2012. New media, old criticism: Bloggers’ press criticism and the journalistic field. Journalism. 13(7), pp.850–868.

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Media populism

Berry, J. M., & Sobieraj, S. (2014). The outrage industry : political opinion media and the new incivilityISBN: 9780199928989 (e-book). Oxford ; New York: Oxford University Press. 

Hameleers, M. 2019. Partisan Media, Polarized Audiences? A Qualitative Analysis of Online Political News and Responses in the United States, U.K., and The Netherlands. International Journal of Public Opinion Research. 31(3), pp.485–505.

Krämer, B. 2014. Media Populism: A Conceptual Clarification and Some Theses on its Effects: Media Populism. Communication Theory. 24(1), pp.42–60.

Manucci, L. 2017. Populism and the Media. In: Kaltwasser, C. B., Taggart, P., Espejo, P. O. and Ostiguy P. ed.The Oxford Handbook of Populism. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 467-488.

Moffitt, B. 2016. The global rise of populism : performance, political style, and representation. Stanford: Stanford University Press.

Mudde, C. 2007. Populist radical right parties in Europe. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Polletta, F. and Callahan, J. 2017. Deep stories, nostalgia narratives, and fake news: Storytelling in the Trump era. American Journal of Cultural Sociology. 5(3), pp.392–408.  

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News framing

Aalberg, T., Strömbäck, J., & de Vreese, C. H. 2012. The framing of politics as strategy and game: A review of concepts, operationalizations and key findings. Journalism., 13(2), 162–178.  

Cappella, J.N. and Jamieson, K.H. 1997. Spiral of cynicism: the press and the public good. New York: Oxford University Press.

Dimitrova, D.V. and Strömbäck, J. 2008. Foreign policy and the framing of the 2003 Iraq War in elite Swedish and US newspapers. Media, War & Conflict. 1(2), pp.203–220.

Entman, R.M. 1993. Framing: Toward Clarification of a Fractured Paradigm. Journal of Communication. 43(4), pp.51–58.

Iyengar, S., Norpoth, H. and Hahn, K.S. 2004. Consumer demand for election news: The horserace sells. The Journal of Politics. 66(1), pp.157-175.  

Pan, Z. and Kosicki, G. 1993. Framing analysis: An approach to news discourse. Political Communication. 10(1), pp.55–75.

Patterson, T.E. 1994. Out of order. New York: Vintage.

Tuchman, G., 1976. Telling stories. Journal of Communication. 26(4), pp.93-97.

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Practices of political news making

Anderson, C.W. 2018. Apostles of certainty: data journalism and the politics of doubt. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Bennett, W. L. (1990). Toward a Theory of Press-State Relations in the United States. Journal of communication.ISSN: 0021-9916, 40(2), 103–127.

Berkowitz, D., & TerKeurst, J. V. (1999). Community as Interpretive Community: Rethinking the Journalist-Source Relationship. Journal of communication.ISSN: 0021-9916, 49(3), 125–136.  

Clayman, S. E., & Heritage, J. (2002). Questioning Presidents: Journalistic Deference and Adversarialness in the Press Conferences of U.S. Presidents Eisenhower and Reagan. Journal of communication.ISSN: 0021-9916, 52(4), 749–775.

Clayman, S. E., Heritage, J., Elliott, M. N., & McDonald, L. L. (2007). When Does the Watchdog Bark? Conditions of Aggressive Questioning in Presidential News Conferences. American sociological review.ISSN: 0003-1224, 72(1), 23–41.  

Clayman, S., & Heritage, J. (2002). The news interview : journalists and public figures on the airISBN: 0521011914 (pbk. ; cased) : No price; 0521812593. Cambridge, U.K. ; New York: Cambridge University Press.

Davis, A., 2009. Journalist–source relations, mediated reflexivity and the politics of politics. Journalism studies, 10(2), pp.204-219.

Fink, K., & Schudson, M. (2014). The rise of contextual journalism, 1950s–2000s. Journalism.ISSN: 1464-8849, 15(1), 3–20.

Gershon, S.A., 2012. Press secretaries, journalists, and editors: Shaping local congressional news coverage. Political Communication, 29(2), pp.160-183. 

Molotch, H., & Lester, M. (1974). News as Purposive Behavior: On the Strategic Use of Routine Events, Accidents, and Scandals. American sociological review.ISSN: 0003-1224, 39(1), 101–112.

Revers, M. (2015). The augmented newsbeat: spatial structuring in a Twitterized news ecosystem. Media, culture & society.ISSN: 0163-4437, 37(1), 3–18. 

Sigal, L. V. (1973). Reporters and officials : the organization and politics of newsmakingISBN: 0669850357. Lexington, Mass.,: D. C. Heath.

Tuchman, G. (1978). Making news : a study in the construction of realityISBN: 0029329302. New York: Free Press.

Tunstall, J. (1970). The Westminster Lobby correspondents : a sociological study of national political journalismISBN: 0710068344. London: Routledge & K. Paul.

Van Aelst, P., Sehata, A., & Dalen, A. V. (2010). Members of Parliament: Equal Competitors for Media Attention? An Analysis of Personal Contacts Between MPs and Political Journalists in Five European Countries. Political communication.ISSN: 1058-4609, 27, 310–325.

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Public sphere and deliberative politics

Bennett, W.L., Pickard, V.W., Iozzi, D.P., Schroeder, C.L., Lagos, T. and Caswell, C.E. 2004. Managing the Public Sphere: Journalistic Construction of the Great Globalization Debate. Journal of Communication. 54(3), pp.437–455.  

Calhoun, C.J. 1992. Introduction: Habermas and the Public Sphere In: C. J. Calhoun, ed. Habermas and the public sphere ISBN: 0262531143 (pbk); 0262031833. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, pp.1–48. [see online course reading folder]  

Dahlgren, P. 2005. The Internet, Public Spheres, and Political Communication: Dispersion and Deliberation. Political Communication. 22(2), pp.147–162.

Dahlgren, P., & Sparks, C. (1991). Communication and citizenship : journalism and the public sphereISBN: 0415100674 (pbk). London; New York: Routledge.

Ferree, M. M., Gamson, W. A., Gerhards, J., & Rucht, D. (2002). Shaping abortion discourse : democracy and the public sphere in Germany and the United StatesISBN: 052179384x (pbk) : £15.95; 052179045x Cambridge, UK; New York: Cambridge University Press.

Keane, J. (1991) The media and democracy, Polity

Keane, J. 1995. Structural transformations of the public sphere. Communication Review (The), 1(1), pp.1-22. 

Schudson, M. (2008). Why democracies need an unlovable pressISBN: 9781349337453 (e-book) Cambridge, UK; Malden, MA: Polity.

Schudson, M. 2013. Reluctant Stewards: Journalism in a Democratic Society. Daedalus. 142(2), pp.159–176.  

Wessler, H. (2018). Habermas and the media. Cambridge: Polity Press.  

Waisbord, S. (2000). Watchdog journalism in South America : news, accountability, and democracyISBN: 0231119755 (pbk.); 0231119747. New York: Columbia University Press. 

This list was last updated on 25/01/2020