Critical Perspectives on the European Mediasphere. The intellectual work of the 2011 European media and communication doctoral summer school.

Title chapter: Striving for noiseless journalism
Author: François Heinderyckx
Keywords: journalism, news values, commercialisation, noise
Abstract: In this chapter, I propose to use the concept of noise to help us characterise the current situation and explore ways to improve it. While it has become so fashionable to call upon Marshall McLuhan to shed some old light on new issues, I would offer, instead, to go even further back in time, to Claude E. Shannon. My contention is that news media audiences are affected by three distinct varieties of noise: (1) proliferation of channels, (2) inadequate selection and (3) suboptimal reporting.
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