Managing the news
Managing the news refers to acts that are intended to influence the presentation of information within the news media. The expression managing the news is often used in a negative sense. For example, people or organizations that wish to lessen the publicity concerning bad news may choose to release the information late on a Friday, giving journalists less time to pursue the story. Staying "on message" is a technique intended to limit questions and attention to a narrow scope favorable to the subject.
An example cited by the Communication, Cultural and Media Studies infobase regards a February 1996 Scott Report on arms sales to Iraq. In the United Kingdom, the report was given early to certain officials.
- News management entry from the Communication, Cultural and Media Studies infobase, part of Cultsock
- Penny Starr and Fred Lucas. "Helen Thomas: Not Even Nixon Tried to Control the Media Like Obama", CNSnews.com, 1 July 2009. Retrieved 19 February 2011.
- Helen Thomas. Watchdogs of democracy?, ISBN 978-0-7432-6781-6. Chapter 5: "Spinning the News".