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Different Versions of the Same Story

Apr 13, 2021

RTDNA ran a piece a few weeks ago about a study conducted by the Center for Media Engagement. The Center looked at the content of nightly network news broadcasts on ABC, CBS, and NBC and of primetime cable news network shows on CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC between January, 2020 and June, 2020.

The bottom line: the study shows how politicized the coronavirus has become.

The article notes the implications go beyond the pandemic. “The simple act of choosing a news program, or perhaps choosing between nightly network news or cable news, can drastically affect the information people are exposed to — and therefore affect how they act in a crisis,” according to the story, written by Katalina Deaven of the Center for Media Engagement.

Shop Talk is a weekly panel discussion about journalism issues.  This week’s program featured Will Buss, who teaches in the Department of Broadcasting and Journalism at Western Illinois University and advises the student editors at the Western Courier, the students at student radio station The Dog, and the WIU chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists; Rajvee Subramanian, who teaches in the Department of Broadcasting and Journalism at Western Illinois University; and TSPR News Director Rich Egger.

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