‘Journalism and power: the importance of the institution’ | C. Beckett- LSE Polis: Journalism

‘Journalism and power: the importance of the institution’ | C. Beckett- LSE Polis: Journalism

Journalism, power and the political process.

‘Newspapers and broadcast news divisions have power. All journalism is a matter of power, for only by exercising power of various sorts can journalism have any effect. That power includes the major one – to stimulate and organise public opinion in one direction or another, and in so doing put pressure on the political level – being part of the political process, which journalism has always in some measure been.’

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