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The role of gatekeepers in the social construction of reality in Albanian news media: Impact on the representation of children in the news

Emiljano Kaziaj UGent (2017) Media in Process: Transformation and Democratic Transition. In Global Interdisciplinary Studies Series
abstract
News has been widely recognized to play an important role in the construction of social reality. As Hall (1982:64) suggests, reality has to go through a process of ‘selecting and structuring’ before being presented in the news. The decision in determining what makes news is left to the so-called gatekeepers of the media. This decision-making process leads to some events being overrepresented in the news while others are ignored or marginalized. Typical examples of the latter are issues related to children. By taking the representation of children in the news as a starting point, this chapter analyzes the potential of the Albanian news media to construct a social reality that is inclusive to all of society’s issues and voices. As a post-communist country, which lacks an independent and professional media, Albania is a good setting to investigate how power structures in the media prevent social issues from being represented in the news. Conclusions from the analysis confirm that there is an overwhelming presence of politics and political voices in the news. Social issues remain part of a hidden reality, and are widely under-represented.
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book title
Media in Process: Transformation and Democratic Transition
editor
Sai Felicia Krishna-Hensel
series title
Global Interdisciplinary Studies Series
publisher
Routledge
place of publication
United Kongdom
ISBN
9781472470959
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
classification
B2
copyright statement
I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
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7213823
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http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-7213823
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https://www.routledge.com/Media-in-Process-Transformation-and-Democratic-Transition/Krishna-Hensel/p/book/9781472470959
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2016-05-17 12:08:58
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  abstract     = {News has been widely recognized to play an important role in the construction of social reality. As Hall (1982:64) suggests, reality has to go through a process of {\textquoteleft}selecting and structuring{\textquoteright} before being presented in the news. The decision in determining what makes news is left to the so-called gatekeepers of the media. This decision-making process leads to some events being overrepresented in the news while others are ignored or marginalized. Typical examples of the latter are issues related to children. By taking the representation of children in the news as a starting point, this chapter analyzes the potential of the Albanian news media to construct a social reality that is inclusive to all of society{\textquoteright}s issues and voices. As a post-communist country, which lacks an independent and professional media, Albania is a good setting to investigate how power structures in the media prevent social issues from being represented in the news. Conclusions from the analysis confirm that there is an overwhelming presence of politics and political voices in the news. Social issues remain part of a hidden reality, and are widely under-represented.},
  author       = {Kaziaj, Emiljano},
  booktitle    = {Media in Process: Transformation and Democratic Transition},
  editor       = {Krishna-Hensel, Sai Felicia },
  isbn         = {9781472470959},
  language     = {eng},
  publisher    = {Routledge},
  series       = {Global Interdisciplinary Studies Series},
  title        = {The role of gatekeepers in the social construction of reality in Albanian news media: Impact on the representation of children in the news},
  url          = {https://www.routledge.com/Media-in-Process-Transformation-and-Democratic-Transition/Krishna-Hensel/p/book/9781472470959},
  year         = {2017},
}

Chicago
Kaziaj, Emiljano. 2017. “The Role of Gatekeepers in the Social Construction of Reality in Albanian News Media: Impact on the Representation of Children in the News.” In Media in Process: Transformation and Democratic Transition, ed. Sai Felicia Krishna-Hensel. United Kongdom: Routledge.
APA
Kaziaj, E. (2017). The role of gatekeepers in the social construction of reality in Albanian news media: Impact on the representation of children in the news. In S. F. Krishna-Hensel (Ed.), Media in Process: Transformation and Democratic Transition. United Kongdom: Routledge.
Vancouver
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Kaziaj E. The role of gatekeepers in the social construction of reality in Albanian news media: Impact on the representation of children in the news. In: Krishna-Hensel SF, editor. Media in Process: Transformation and Democratic Transition. United Kongdom: Routledge; 2017.
MLA
Kaziaj, Emiljano. “The Role of Gatekeepers in the Social Construction of Reality in Albanian News Media: Impact on the Representation of Children in the News.” Media in Process: Transformation and Democratic Transition. Ed. Sai Felicia Krishna-Hensel. United Kongdom: Routledge, 2017. Print.