Gov chapter 7 vocab

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  1. High-tech politics
    A politics in which the behaviour of citizens and policymakers and the political agenda itself are increasingly shaped by technology.
  2. Mass media
    Television, radio, newspapers, magazines, and other means of popular communication.
  3. Media Event
    Events purposely staged for the media that nonetheless loke spontaneous. In keeping with politics as theater, they can be staged by individuals, groups, and government officials, especially presidents.
  4. Press conferences
    Meetings of public officials with reporters.
  5. Investigative journalism
    the use of in-depth reporting to unearth scandals, scams, and schemes, which at times puts reporters in adversarial relationships with political leaders.
  6. Print media
    newspapers and magazines, as compared with broadcast media.
  7. Broadcast media
    television and radio, as compared with print media
  8. Narrowcasting
    media programming on cable TV or the Internet that is focused on one topic and aimed at a particular audience. Examples include MTV, ESPN, and C-SPAN.
  9. Chains
    newspapers published by massive media conglomerates that account for over four-fifths of the nations daily newspaper circulation. often these control broadcast media as well.
  10. Beats
    specific locations from which news frequently emanates, such as congress or the White House. Most top reporters work a barticular beat.
  11. Trial Balloons
    An intentional news leak for the purpose of assessing the political reaction.
  12. sound bites
    short video clips of approximately 15 seconds; typically all that is shown from a politician's speech or activities on the nightly television news.
  13. Talking head
    a shot of a person's face talking directly to the camera. Because this is visually unappealing, the major commercial networks rarely show a politician talking one-on-one for very long.
  14. Policy agenda
    the issues that attract the serious attention of public oficials and other people actively involved in politics at the time
  15. Policy entrepreneuers
    People who invest their political "capital" in an issue. According to John Kingdon, these "could be in or out of government, in elected or appointed positions, in interest groups or research organizations."
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