Recently, the focus of the study of news has shifted from information to the meanings news stories produce. Hitherto the interpretative analysis of television news has, however, tended to neglect the prominent role that interaction between verbals and visuals as well as the story structure have in the meaning production of TV news. That they occupy a key position in this respect is shown in this article through re-analysis of two earlier studies and through scrutinization of a news story aired by the Finnish Broadcasting Company in 1991 on the situation in Cuba. The article concludes with discussion of how meanings extracted from a news story are rooted in cultural common sense, and suggests that analysis of meanings in news amounts to the study of our cultural unconsciousness. Introduction The analysis of what meanings are produced by literary works and by what means represents one of the most honored and prosperous approaches within literary criticism. Also within cinema and film studies, inquiry into filmic meanings and meaning-construction is well advanced. Within media studies, in contrast, the situation is different. Traditionally, it has been exceptional to ask: what meanings do mass mediated texts of this or that kind produce
Communications – de Gruyter
Published: Jan 1, 1996
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