The Missing News: Filters and Blind Spots in Canada's Press

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North Americans now live in a highly complex media environment where newspapers are still immensely important vehicles for democratic communication. No other mass medium offers the same combined possibilities for accessibility, in-depth analysis, diversity of views, and sustained reflection on important political and economic issues.

But do newspapers in Canada really report an adequate range of views and issues? The authors argue that as significant as what is reported are the stories that are not reported, or "buried." What are the filters and blind spots that determine what gets into print... and what doesn't?

The authors believe that journalism's most important tasks in a democratic society include holding those in power accountable, and giving voice even to those without wealth or political influence. The Missing News shows us that Canadians have reason to be concerned.


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Preface by Bill Doskoch
Chapter One Is Canadas Press Censored?
Chapter Two Paying the Piper
Chapter Three Journalists Views of the Media
Chapter Four The Views of Interest Groups
Chapter Five Searching for Canadas Underreported Stories
Chapter Six Patterns of Omission
Chapter Seven Blind Spots on Labour Power and Social Inequality
Chapter Eight Beyond the Blind Spots

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About the author (2000)

Robert A. Hackett is a Professor of Communication and Co-director of NewsWatch Canada.

Richard Gruneau is a Professor in the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University. In addition to co-authoring Hockey Night in Canada, he is the author of Class, Sports, and Social Development (University of Massachusetts Press, 1983).

Donald Gutstein is Co-director of NewsWatch Canada and the editor of the NewsWatch Monitor.