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The power of the media through news coverage to focus the public's attention and concern on particular events, problems, issues, personalities, and so on

Agenda setting


The media's function as an open channel through which political leaders can communicate with the public

Common carrier function


The process by which the media play up certain aspects of a situation while downplaying other aspects, thereby providing a particular interpretation of the situation



A media system in which audiences have such as wide range of choices that they can largely control the type of information to which they are exposed

High-choice media system


The news media's version of reality, usually with an emphasis on timely, dramatic, and compelling events and developments



A model of news reporting that is based on the communication of facts rather than opinions and that is "fair" in that it presents all sides of partisan debate

Objective journalism


Efforts by media actions to influence public response to a particular party, leader, issue, or viewpoint

Partisan function


Newspapers and other communication media that openly support a political party and whose news tends to follow the party line

Partisan press


Print, broadcast, cable, and internet organizations that are in the news-reporting business

Press (news media)


The responsibility of the media to alert the public to important developments as soon as possible after they happen or are discovered

Signaling (signaler) function


The accepted responsibility of the media to protect the public from incompetent or corrupt officials by standing ready to expose any official who violates accepted legal, ethical, or performance standards

Watchdog function