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By Linda Jean Kenix

Alternative media have traditionally been a imperative strength in social switch. Kenix argues, even if, that they don't uniformly subvert the hierarchies of entry that experience constantly been primary to mainstream media. in truth, their journalistic norms and exercises have regularly drawn at the expert criteria of the mainstream. via comparative research Kenix posits the conception of "mainstream" and "alternative" as a false impression arguing that they have got regularly existed at the similar continuum and proceed to converge. Her imaginative and prescient recalibrates the media spectrum.

This booklet examines replacement media whereas being cognizant that they're no longer positioned thoroughly outdoor the ideological mainstream, wearing specified identities excluded from entrenched, elite structures of energy. the choice media can - and do - build specified 'alternative communications' yet they accomplish that alongside a strikingly diverse continuum than hitherto envisaged. Kenix's textual content will tease out ameliorations and similarities throughout various media. Examples may be drawn from the united kingdom, US, Australia and New Zealand.

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Examining the news Many now argue that print news media is dead. While citizens around the globe lament the loss of the printed word, Rupert Murdoch, managing director THE MODERN MEDIA CONTINUUM 27 of media conglomerate News Corporation, has quickly amassed about 200 newspapers in addition to his magazines, music studios, radio stations, sporting franchises, movie studios, television stations, broadcast companies, satellite television companies, cable channels, Internet companies, restaurants, mobile entertainment companies, outdoor advertising agencies and more.

This number far exceeds the 29 per cent of opinion from cable rival MSNBC (cited in Johnson 2005), but it is perhaps a harbinger of future mainstream reporting styles. War stories, in particular, are increasingly told through an unequivocal discourse of morality and opinion (Wasburn 2002). September 11th further brought forth opinion and commentary directly into news content. Scenes of personal emotion abounded as reporters cried on camera from Ground Zero (Tumber 2002). Journalists raced to morally interpret who were ‘the “friends” and “enemies” of a state’ (Ruigrok 2010: 87).

ProPublica provides further evidence of alliances forged across mainstream and independent media outlets. ProPublica began in 2007 as an independent, non-profit news organization led by former editors of major mainstream publications, such as The Wall Street Journal, The Oregonian, and The New York Times (‘About Us’ 2010). ProPublica is funded solely through philanthropic donations and employs 32 independent, full-time investigative reporters who provide stories exclusively to mainstream news organizations at absolutely no charge.

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