The way in which Americans get their news has changed over the past several decades. Newspapers used to be king, but now over 70 percent of us get our news from television. Frank Sesno (George Mason University) was with CNN as it grew from a small cable outfit to a worldwide news operation. Now working on PBS documentaries, Sesno examines the effects of corporate domination of America’s news organizations.
Also featured: How will the news industry change, now that the Federal Communications Commission has loosened media ownership limits? Journalism instructor Judy Turk (Virginia Commonwealth University) says media convergence might enhance the quality of news, while communications professor Matt McAllister (Virginia Tech) says there are profoundly anti-democratic possibilities.
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