By Deana A. Rohlinger
Weaving jointly analyses of archival fabric, information assurance, and interviews carried out with newshounds from mainstream and partisan retailers in addition to with activists around the political spectrum, Deana A. Rohlinger reimagines how activists use quite a few mediums, occasionally at the same time, to agitate for - and opposed to - criminal abortion. Rohlinger's in-depth pics of 4 teams - the nationwide correct to lifestyles Committee, deliberate Parenthood, the nationwide association for girls, and anxious ladies for the United States - illuminates while teams use media and why they may decide to steer clear of media realization altogether. Rohlinger expertly unearths why a few activist teams are extra determined than others to draw media cognizance and sheds gentle on what this implies for coverage making and criminal abortion within the twenty-first century.
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A conservative group will not see much point in targeting ideologically progressive media venues with its messages and will focus its resources elsewhere. Likewise, groups that seek to fundamentally alter social structure and institutions may perceive mainstream media as hostile to their causes and avoid these outlets altogether. Organizational identity shapes the options available to a group responding to bad press and losing issues (Dilemmas 2 and 3). Organizations with elaborated identities as well as credibility with (and access to) journalists are far more likely to remain silent on an issue than groups ﬁghting to get into the mainstream.
Organizational identity refers to a group’s self-deﬁnition project (Whetten and Mackey 2002) and serves three core functions. First, it communicates the purpose and goals of an organization to the broader public, which includes institutional authorities, bystander audiences, and opponents. Second, it provides a template for relationships within an organization as well as a set of “scripts” that outline the goals of a group and the means through which these goals may be accomplished. Finally, it provides a common language that leaders and members employ when they act or speak on behalf of a group (Clemens 1997; Whetten 2006; Whetten and Mackey 2002).
2002). Standing is tied almost completely to the political environment and is relatively volatile. A radical group that attracts media attention using dramatic tactics can have as much (and likely more) standing than a moderate group during a given political moment because they are the source of story. Reputation, in contrast, reﬂects the correspondence between the characteristics of a movement actor and the dynamics of the ﬁeld, which are relatively stable. In other words, reputation 36 The mass media ﬁeld is more enduring and focuses on movement–media interactions over time rather than at a speciﬁc point in history.