Gatekeeping (communication)

In human communication, in particular, in journalism, gatekeeping is the process through which ideas and information are filtered for publication. The internal decision making process of relaying or withholding information from the media to the masses. The theory was first instituted by social psychologist Kurt Lewin in 1947 and is still one of the most important theories studied by students of mass communication and journalism. Gatekeeping occurs at all levels of the media structure - from a reporter deciding which sources are chosen to include in a story to editors deciding which stories are printed, or even covered.

ee also

* Censorship
* Institutional memory

External links

* [,%20Culture%20and%20Society/gatekeeping.doc/ Gatekeeping: regulate the flow of information] , University of Twente, the Netherlands

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