chapter  11
Gatekeeping Theory
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T he world is a big place, and there is a lot going on. Every day thousands, even hundreds of thousands, of events take place in local, regional, national, and international areas that are potential candidates for news stories. Originally, providing news about these events was a

problem only for the daily newspaper-there were no other media providing such reports for citizens. Later, during the twentieth century, when the broadcast media, and then to some extent the Internet, began to be used to deliver news to the public, the plethora of potential stories also became a problem for them. Today, the flow of news continues, and decisions have to be made by those who manage the media about what to select and present to the public.