Review of "Shaping immigration news: A French-American comparison" by Rodney Benson

Rasmus Kleis Nielsen

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In Shaping Immigration News, Rodney Benson makes a convincing argument that immigration news, dealing with a substantially important topic that is also a hot-button political issue of considerable popular interest, provides a useful case through which to understand how media operate in different countries, what they produce, and what that means for democracy. His aims are multiple: first, to map the characteristics of the French and US journalistic field; second, to analyze immigration news in a sample of key periods in each country since the 1970s in terms of what frames have dominated, who are given voice in the coverage, how critical it is of different forms of power, how the coverage differs from news organization to news organization and between newspapers and television, and how it has changed over time; third, to explain why these differences exist; and fourth, to determine what the coverage means for democracy in the two countries. He largely succeeds with his ambitious agenda. Where the book falls short in places, it is from wanting to do too much, never from doing too little.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournalism - Theory Practice and Criticism
Issue number7
Pages (from-to)947-948
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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