The Role the Media Plays in Australian Politics - dummies

The Role the Media Plays in Australian Politics

By Nick Economou, Zareh Ghazarian

Part of Australian Politics For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Politics is one of the most widely reported topics in the media. Examine how the different media present the news, as well as how politicians try to influence how news is reported. Understanding certain aspects of the media can help you analyse political news, including:

  • The role of the media: In an age of busy lifestyles, people turn to the media to get their fix of political news. Check out the ideals of the media and what influences the political news they report in practice.

  • The Great Debates: Debates are a great way to see how politicians perform under pressure. By transmitting and analysing these debates, the media can play a big role in deciding which politicians trump their political opponents.

  • Who’s driving the message: Interesting recent developments have seen politicians trying to control the key messages reported by the media. Understand how politicians use media experts and spin doctors in a world where information is everywhere.

  • Which media can cut to the chase: Citizens want good-quality reporting on politics. After all, it affects almost everything in their lives. So, understand the best ways to ‘sort the wheat from the chaff’ in terms of political news.