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  1. You’ll Need: Pen/Pencil. Last Night’s Homework: Current Event AP US Government Tuesday, November 13, 2012

  2. Current Event Share Quiz

  3. Regional Election Results

  4. The Mass Media and the Political Agenda Chapter 7

  5. Introduction • Mass Media: means of popular communication. • Television • Radio • Newspapers • Magazines • Internet • High-tech politics: • A politics in which the behavior of citizens and policymakers and the political agenda itself are increasingly shaped by technology.

  6. The Mass Media Today • 60% of presidential campaign spending is to buy TV ads. • Image making / news management is important, especially for presidents. • In the past, politicians worked closely with the media; today they often oppose each other. “Photo Op”

  7. The Development of Media Politics • The news media wasn’t always so important. • Press Conferences: meetings between public officials and reporters. • FDR was first to use these. • Traditionally press favored politicians and limited coverage to convey facts rather than interpret them. White House Press Briefing

  8. The Development of Media Politics • Watergate and the Vietnam War • Changed the government’s relationship with the press—the press became more suspicious. • Investigative Journalism: • The use of in-depth reporting to unearth scandals, putting reporters & politicians opposite each other. • News is more negative today. Nixon Departing the White House

  9. The Development of Media Politics • The Print Media • Newspapers and magazines. • Only a few corporations own all news outlets in the U.S. (print, radio and t.v.). • Newspaper circulation has been declining. • Newspaper readers tend to be politically informed and active.

  10. You’ll Need: Pen/Pencil, warm-up sheet, and Chapter 7 notes. Last Night’s Homework: Chapter 7 Reading AP US Government Wednesday, November 14, 2012

  11. Warm-up 10 • What are your top five most visited websites? • What are your top five most watched television stations? • Name at least three radio stations you listen to on a regular basis. • Does your family subscribe to a newspaper? • If so, which newspaper(s)? • What do you think print and broadcast media will look like in 10 years (3-5 sentences)?

  12. Warm-up 9 • What are your top five most visited websites? • What are your top five most watched television stations? • Name at least three radio stations you listen to on a regular basis. • Does your family subscribe to a newspaper? • If so, which newspaper(s)? • What do you think print and broadcast media will look like in 10 years (3-5 sentences)?

  13. Warm-up 8 • What are your top five most visited websites? • What are your top five most watched television stations? • Name at least three radio stations you listen to on a regular basis. • Does your family subscribe to a newspaper? • If so, which newspaper(s)? • What do you think print and broadcast media will look like in 10 years (3-5 sentences)?

  14. Warm-up 7 • What are your top five most visited websites? • What are your top five most watched television stations? • Name at least three radio stations you listen to on a regular basis. • Does your family subscribe to a newspaper? • If so, which newspaper(s)? • What do you think print and broadcast media will look like in 10 years (3-5 sentences)?

  15. Warm-up 6 • What are your top five most visited websites? • What are your top five most watched television stations? • Name at least three radio stations you listen to on a regular basis. • Does your family subscribe to a newspaper? • If so, which newspaper(s)? • What do you think print and broadcast media will look like in 10 years (3-5 sentences)?

  16. Warm-up 5 • What are your top five most visited websites? • What are your top five most watched television stations? • Name at least three radio stations you listen to on a regular basis. • Does your family subscribe to a newspaper? • If so, which newspaper(s)? • What do you think print and broadcast media will look like in 10 years (3-5 sentences)?

  17. Warm-up 4 • What are your top five most visited websites? • What are your top five most watched television stations? • Name at least three radio stations you listen to on a regular basis. • Does your family subscribe to a newspaper? • If so, which newspaper(s)? • What do you think print and broadcast media will look like in 10 years (3-5 sentences)?

  18. Warm-up 3 • What are your top five most visited websites? • What are your top five most watched television stations? • Name at least three radio stations you listen to on a regular basis. • Does your family subscribe to a newspaper? • If so, which newspaper(s)? • What do you think print and broadcast media will look like in 10 years (3-5 sentences)?

  19. Warm-up 2 • What are your top five most visited websites? • What are your top five most watched television stations? • Name at least three radio stations you listen to on a regular basis. • Does your family subscribe to a newspaper? • If so, which newspaper(s)? • What do you think print and broadcast media will look like in 10 years (3-5 sentences)?

  20. Warm-up 1 • What are your top five most visited websites? • What are your top five most watched television stations? • Name at least three radio stations you listen to on a regular basis. • Does your family subscribe to a newspaper? • If so, which newspaper(s)? • What do you think print and broadcast media will look like in 10 years (3-5 sentences)?

  21. Warm-up 0 • What are your top five most visited websites? • What are your top five most watched television stations? • Name at least three radio stations you listen to on a regular basis. • Does your family subscribe to a newspaper? • If so, which newspaper(s)? • What do you think print and broadcast media will look like in 10 years (3-5 sentences)?

  22. The Mass Media and the Political Agenda Chapter 7

  23. The Development of Media Politics • The Print Media • Newspapers and magazines. • Only a few corporations own all news outlets in the U.S. (print, radio and t.v.). • Newspaper circulation has been declining. • Newspaper readers tend to be politically informed and active.

  24. The Development of Media Politics Figure 7.1

  25. The Development of Media Politics • The Broadcast Media • Television and radio • Brought government and politics into people’s homes. • Made the politicians more aware of their appearance and mannerisms. • Television is the principal source of news for most Americans, and most believable.

  26. Narrowcasting • Narrowcasting allows viewers to select what information they want to see and avoid all else. • Cable t.v. encourages narrowcasting. • Critics fear the trend will lead to a less informed electorate.

  27. Reporting the News • Newscasting seeks high ratings and profits. • This can be detrimental for political agendas AND for informing Americans about politics. • Sensational, unusual and negative events receive more attention than the everyday. • This leads public to think politics is scandalous and to distrust politicians. http://youtu.be/D5FzCeV0ZFc

  28. Reporting the News • Finding the News • Beats: Most journalists cover a specific location, such as Congress or the White House. • This set-up gives politicians more control of information going out.

  29. You’ll Need: Pen/Pencil, Chapter 7 Notes Last Night’s Homework: Chapter 7 Reading AP US Government Thursday, November 15, 2012

  30. The Mass Media and the Political Agenda Chapter 7

  31. Reporting the News • Presenting the News • Superficial describes most news coverage today • Sound Bytes: Short video clips of approximately 15 seconds. Figure 7.2

  32. Reporting the News • Bias in the News • Many people believe the news favors one point of view over another. • More reporters say they are liberal than conservative. • Bias is NOT apparent so much in the way news is presented but is a factor in what is reported and what is NOT. • News is biased towards what will draw the largest audience.

  33. The News and Public Opinion • The mass media have a huge influence over the public agenda—the issues citizens want government to address • News organizations can define which are the most pressing political issues and determine political priorities depending on their coverage of stories.

  34. The Media’s Agenda-Setting Function • Policy Agenda: • The issues that attract the serious attention of elected officials and other people actively involved in politics at the time. • Policy Entrepreneurs: • People who invest their political “capital” in an issue. • All depend on good images and good will.

  35. Understanding the Mass Media • The Media and the Scope of Government • The media actsas a watchdog to force government to answer to the public. • But they discourage Americans from thinking critically/deeply about politics.

  36. Special Current Event Analysis • Find two articles on the same subject/story from two different news sources (internet or print). • Find something related to government or politics. • Print the entire article. • Typed Current Event Analysis • 1-2 pages • Include the authors and the sources for both articles. • What are the similarities and differences between the two articles. • Do you detect a bias in either article?

  37. Special Current Event Analysis • Find two articles on the same subject/story from two different news sources (internet or print). • Find something related to government or politics. • Print the entire article. • Typed Current Event Analysis • 1-2 pages • Include the authors and the sources for both articles. • What are the similarities and differences between the two articles. • Do you detect a bias in either article?

  38. You’ll Need: Pencil Last Night’s Homework: Chapter 7 Reading and Chapter 7 Homework AP US Government Friday, November 16, 2012

  39. Chapter 7 Quiz

  40. Big Sky Big Money • Think about the following questions while watching… • What effect did outside groups have on Montana politics after Citizens United? • List examples from the video. • Do you believe that campaign donations should count as free speech? Explain…