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Mediated Democracy

Mediated Democracy
Politics, the News, and Citizenship in the 21st Century

First Edition

August 2020 | 344 pages | CQ Press
Mediated Democracy: Politics, the News, and Citizenship in the 21st Century takes a contemporary, communications-oriented perspective on the central questions pertaining to the health of democracies and relationships between citizens, journalists, and political elites. The approach marries clear syntheses of cutting-edge research with practical advice explaining why the insights of scholarship affects students’ lives. With active, engaging writing, the text will thoroughly explain why things are the way they are, how they got that way, and how students can use the insights of political communication research to do something about it as citizens.

Tables and Figures
About the Authors
Chapter 1: Mediated Democracy: An Introduction
What Is Political Communication?

Why Political Communication Matters

The Alarm–Patrol Hybrid Model

Political Communication Helps Determine Winners, What We Know, and What We Think About

Twenty-First Century Political Communication, Democratic Citizenship, and You

Communication and Civic Competence in the Twenty-First Century

From Research to Real Life

Chapter 2: Why the News Is the Way It Is
Journalistic Models, Routines, and Professional Norms


Journalists’ Perceptions of Themselves and Their Jobs

Journalists’ Perceptions of Their Audience

Market Forces and the News

Audience Demands and Behavior

The Future of News

From Research to Real Life


Chapter 3: The Communication Ecology: Information Flows and Public Opinion
The Twenty-First Century Communication Ecology: An Early Check-In

The Structure of the Communication Ecology

Hybridization and Information Flow in the Communication Ecology

From Research to Real Life


Chapter 4: Are Media Biased?
Defining Media

Defining Bias

Partisan News

Fake News

From Research to Real Life

Chapter 5: The Politics of Attention
How Politicians Communicate With Media

How Politicians Communicate With the Public

How the Public Talks Back

Talking Politics Online

Communicating Which Issues Are Important

From Research to Real Life

Chapter 6: Framing the News: When and How It Matters to the Audience
Preferences and Frame Types

The Future of Framing Research

From Research to Real Life

Chapter 7: Who’s Biased Now?: How People Interpret the Media They Use
Choosing Media Messages

Interpreting Media Messages

Reacting to Media

From Research to Real Life

Chapter 8: Political Advertising
Creating Campaign Ads

Ad Spending

Ad Content

News Media and Political Ads

From Research to Real Life

Chapter 9: Mediated Elections
Fundamentals of Elections

Roles of the Media in Elections

Types of Election Coverage

Gender, Race, and Election Coverage

Social Media and Elections: The New Frontier

Effects of Mediated Campaigns

From Research to Real Life

Chapter 10: Governing, Policymaking, and the Media
The News Media as a Political Institution

Agenda-Setting and Public Policy

Journalistic Methods That Contribute to Policy Action

From Research to Real Life

Chapter 11: The Future of Mediated Politics
New Technology

The Public–News Media Relationship

A Changing News Industry

The Great Divide

Media and Politics Post-Trump


"Brought to life with recent and relevant examples, [Mediated Democracy] talks directly to and respects younger audiences, encouraging them to understand the relationships between news media, politicians, and audiences."

Megan Duncan, Ph.D.
Virginia Tech

"[Mediated Democracy] is an accessible deep-dive into the theory of political communication, and how it is able to inform our understanding of how communication and politics interact in today's changing media environment."

Mike Gruszczynski
Indiana University-Bloomington

"[Mediated Democracy] has a good grasp on the challenges faced by journalists trying to cover today's political environment, which should help students be more prepared to understand the world around them. The text is an approachable, concise, and quite thorough account of today's complex political media environment."

Jay Wendland
Daemen College
Key features


  • Highly accessible writing style that is equally informative and approachable for students new to the discipline. 
  • Engaging interview transcripts from communications professionals in the field, academics, and politicians appear in each chapter:DIY Research promotes student research skills from professional perspectives while How Can I Help? features provide students with real-world guidance on being an active, engaged citizen.
  • Detailed tables and figures capture the amount of fake news headlines, measurements of media trust, and generational use of communication tools.    

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

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