Earl Simpson's poetry encompasses a long period of time and a narrow field of interest: a country road, a house, some trees, some space, wife, God above and the earth below. These poems are like his junky furniture, but since you're here, he'll show you around the house. The place is full of arty facts, and doubtless a few cool chairs with broken legs.
This book explores how individuals process important but complex news about science, health and technology. The research measures the relationships of new media, its content and its audiences. Specifically, how does the non-linear freedom of hypertext affect interest in and comprehension of news about complex topics? In the first of two experiments, reading comprehension theory from the Structure Building Framework (Gernsbacher, 1990) and the Construction-Integration Model (van Dyk & Kintsch, 1983) are synthesized with the theoretical role of situational interest in learning from text (Hidi, 1988). Experiment two tests the same content from experiment one in a non-linear hypertext environment to measure how message structure affects interest and understanding.
What's news? A front-page news story in the United States might not appear in a newspaper in China. Or a minor story on German television may be all over the airwaves in India. But News Around the World shows that the underlying nature of news is much the same the world over and that people--no matter what their jobs or their status in society--tend to hold similar notions of newsworthiness.
In this richly detailed study of international news, news makers and the audience, the authors have undertaken exhaustive original research within two cities--one major and one peripheral--in each of ten countries: Australia, Chile, China, Germany, India, Israel, Jordan, Russia, South Africa, and the United States. The nations were selected for study based on a central principle of maximizing variation in geographic locations, economic and political systems, languages, sizes, and cultures. The remarkable scope of the research makes this the most comprehensive analysis of newsworthiness around the globe:
News Around the World provides remarkable insight into how and why news stories are reported, testing and improving a theory of cross-cultural newsworthiness and is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand international media and journalism.