Media

III .  Political Parties, Interest Groups, and Mass Media 10–20%
A .  Political parties and elections
1 . Functions
2 . Organization
3 . Development
4 . Effects on the political process
5 . Electoral laws and system
B .  Interest groups, including political action committees (PACs)
1 . The range of interests represented
2 . The activities of interest groups
3 . The effects of interest groups on the political process
4 . The unique characteristics and roles of PACs in the political process
C .  The mass media 
1 . The functions and structures of the news media 
2 . The impacts of the news media on politics 
3 . The news media industry and its consequences


Unit Documents


Accuracy

Gender

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Humor

Incivility

Internet

Jargon

  • blog, citizen journalists, equal time rule, Federal Communications Act [FCC], fourth estate, framing, hypodermic theory, muckraker, narrowcasting, net neutrality, NY Times v U.S., on deep background, on/off the record, PIPA, prior restraint, social media, SOPA, Telecommunications Act, watch dog, yellow journalism

New Media

Newspapers

Political Cartoons

Radio

Satire

Spin

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