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Part I: THE MASS MEDIA INDUSTRIES. 1. Mass Media and Everyday Life. 2. Books: Rearranging the Page. 3. Newspapers: Mobilizing Delivery. 4. Magazines: Chasing the Audience. 5. Recordings: Streaming Sounds. 6. Radio: Riding New Waves. 7. Movies: Digitizing Dreams. 8. Television: Changing Channels. 9. Internet Media: Widening the Web. Part II: SELLING THE MESSAGE. 10. Advertising: Catching Consumers. 11. Public Relations: Promoting Ideas. Part III: CHANGING MESSAGES. 12. News and Information: Staying Connected. 13. Social and Political Issues: Shaping the Arguments. 14. Law and Regulation: Rewriting the Rules. 15. Ethics: Placing Responsibility. 16. Global Media: Discovering New Markets. Glossary. Media Information Resource Guide.

About the Author

Shirley Biagi is a professor in the Department of Communication Studies at California State University, Sacramento. Her bestselling text, MEDIA/IMPACT: AN INTRODUCTION TO MASS MEDIA, is also published in Canadian, Greek, Spanish, and Korean editions. Biagi has authored several other Wadsworth Communication texts, including MEDIA/READER: PERSPECTIVES ON MASS MEDIA INDUSTRIES, EFFECTS AND ISSUES and INTERVIEWS THAT WORK: A PRACTICAL GUIDE FOR JOURNALISTS. Along with Marilyn Kern-Foxworth, she is co-author of FACING DIFFERENCE: RACE, GENDER AND MASS MEDIA.


"MEDIA/IMPACT is a terrific introductory mass communication textbook, with excellent supplemental materials for instructors and a manageable amount of content for students. The chapters are organized in a way that connects the historical and current trends of the media with the students' lives."
"One of the most engaging Mass Communication textbooks. Biagi presents a thorough and balanced exploration of media and its supporting industries. Her writing challenges students to understand the uses of media and the potential future impact that media will have on all of our lives."

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