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July 16, 2013 / C H Thompson

Gate-keeping

In many ways gate-keeping sits alongside agenda-setting. While agenda-setting is the media industry’s influence over issues being discussed, gate-keeping is the media’s subtle refusal to discuss certain issues or topics.

This is particularly evident in the way strikes or industrial disputes are reported. The Glasgow University Media Group researched the way media reports on strikes tend to be unfavourable therefore ‘gate-keeping’ any favourable reporting on strikes.

Similarly reports on welfare-claims tend to detail the benefits gained by welfare claimants while issues surround low pay and the need for a living-wage are kept at the media gates.

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