The Nature of News

  title={The Nature of News},
  author={Wilbur Lang Schramm},
  journal={Journalism \& Mass Communication Quarterly},
  pages={259 - 269}
  • W. Schramm
  • Published 1 September 1949
  • Education
  • Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly
~ NEWS EXISTS IN THE MINDS OF men. It is not an event; it is something perceived after the event. It is not identical with the event; it is an attempt to reconstruct the essential framework of the event-essential being defined against a frame of reference which is calculated to make the event meaningful to the reader. It is an aspect of communication, and has the familiar characteristics of that process. The first news report of an event is put together from a gestalt of eyewitness accounts… 

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