What is defined as newsworthy? Why is it that odd stories generate more attention, and how might that affect the extent to which the average American is informed about politics?
How do journalists locate news sources, and how do they test the waters for how a story will be received (i.e. discuss beats and trial balloons).
How do sound bites affect our ability to truly understand a news piece? What does this suggest about how the mass media may not be changing for the better?
What is a larger problem—news reports that are biased, or those that tend to report only sensational stories? Why? Why are talking heads increasingly falling out of favor?