The Image of the Journalist in Popular Culture Journal
This textual analysis examines the role of pseudo-events in the newsgathering process depicted on season five of The Wire. The researchers found that the press and sources construct “reality”; sources present “masks” to conceal “reality”' and journalists acknowledge the absurdity of pseudo-events but cover staged events as genuine news. The overriding conclusion is that journalists fail citizens by constructing a false reality through a negotiation with powerful sources who are media- savvy enough to control depictions. These findings are then interpreted through the lens of cultivation theory.
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Ferrucci, Patrick and Painter, Chad, "Pseudo Newsgathering: Analyzing Journalists’ Use of Pseudo-events on 'The Wire'" (2013). Communication Faculty Publications. 27.