'Most of us take a dose of news daily, supplied in a variety of forms. We seldom really consider how it's made.
But certainly news consumption can change us in some alarming ways. Perhaps we need a disclaimer:
News is a manufactured product. It is not a meeting, accident, hurricane, speech or mall walk. It may, however, be fabricated from these or other events. It may contain hidden interpretations, judgments, manipulations, and errors. These products have been shown to cause occasional emotional upset and, rarely, a need to vomit. Consumer discretion is advised.
This book aims to help you understand and digest news with less upset. More than that, it aims to help you understand how to make your own news. You can do that either as reporter or as source, the person who gives reporters information.
Furthermore, this book aims to help you to understand why so much of our news reaches beyond our verbal literacy, our ability to analyze words and their meanings. That's because so much of news is visual. And we are generally not visually literate.
The book may complement a standard basic journalism text. But it also presumes everybody will become part of a news manufacturing process sometime in their lives. Because most people who take a class, hold a job, lead a club, pursue some hobbies or just go about their everyday business will sooner or later interact with the news media. This guide will help you to understand those interactions. And, as noted in Chapter Eight: to know is to have power.'