Competing Actors and the Construction of Political News: The Contest Over Waves in Israel

  title={Competing Actors and the Construction of Political News: The Contest Over Waves in Israel},
  author={Gadi Wolfsfeld and Tamir Sheafer},
  journal={Political Communication},
  pages={333 - 354}
The study is meant to provide a more actor-oriented approach to the construction of political news by looking at the competition over news exposure during political waves in Israel. Political waves are sudden and significant changes in the political environment that are characterized by a substantial increase in the amount of public attention centered on a political issue or event. A theoretical model is presented that attempts to explain who initiates political waves, which types of waves… Expand
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