Learning Objectives

14.1 Summarize the development of the news business and technology.

14.2 Discuss the ways in which news is a consumer product and how that influences the news.

14.3 Explain how the news media may be considered the “fourth branch” of government as a result of its role in the collective action problem of monitoring elected leaders.

14.4 Identify the ways in which news is a product of politics.

14.5 Describe the relationship between politicians and reporters.

14.6 Contrast historical and contemporary politician-press relations.