Global Perspectives on Media Events in Contemporary Society

Global Perspectives on Media Events in Contemporary Society

Andrew Fox (University of Huddersfield, UK)
Release Date: February, 2016|Copyright: © 2016 |Pages: 306|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-9967-0
ISBN13: 9781466699670|ISBN10: 1466699671|EISBN13: 9781466699687


Media events have been described as broadcasts that involve an engaged audience viewing the same event simultaneously; though this definition is still relevant, the way media outlets interact with and react to their audiences has greatly changed. This is in part due to the emergence of social media platforms which allow a participatory audience, something that genre-specific television channels now rely on. Because these genre-specific, 24-hour channels seek to hook viewers with hyperbolic presentation and the illusion of large media events, the original definition must be adapted.

Global Perspectives on Media Events in Contemporary Society seeks to re-define the role of the media in relaying information about current events within a modern context. Determining what constitutes as and the proper presentation of a media event is of great importance given the ubiquity of media consumption. This book approaches the topic from historical, ceremonial, and globally cultural perspectives while addressing news, sports, and other significant current events. It is a vital resource for students and teachers of communication, media, and journalism, professionals in the media industry, policy makers, and sociologists.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Ceremonial Media Events
  • Historical Crises
  • Humanitarian Media Events
  • Live News Events
  • News Media
  • Social Media
  • Social Movements
  • Sporting Events
  • User-Generated Content

Reviews and Testimonials

Editor Andrew Fox presents readers with a collection of academic and expert contributions covering global perspectives on historical crises, live news events, humanitarian media events, social movements, and many other types of contemporary events. The editor has organized the fifteen contributions that make up the main body of the text in four parts devoted to television, new media, and media events; historical crises and media events; ceremonial media events; and sporting competition as media events.

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Andrew Fox has been an academic member of staff at the University of Huddersfield since 2003, and was recently conferred with a PhD by the School of Journalism, Media and Culture at Cardiff University. He also holds an MA in Communication Studies from the Institute of Communication Studies at Leeds University. Since completion of his PhD he has contributed to conference papers, journal articles and books on topics including genre studies, convergence within the newsroom environment and media events.