All the News That's Fit to Sell

All the News That's Fit to Sell: How the Market Transforms Information into News
by J.T. Hamilton [Princeton]

It's a truism among media activists that business factors influence news coverage on TV, radio and newspapers alike. But how does this happen, and what are structural solutions for the media mainstream? Hamilton attempts to develop an "economic theory of news" based on voluminous research and candid assessments about what people want to read and watch, as well as a principled view of the importance of a critical press for democracy. Useful and thought-provoking. -jl

The media's job is to interest the public in the public interest. -John Dewey