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 concurrently, to agitate for - and opposed to - felony abortion. Rohlinger's in-depth pix of 4 teams - the nationwide correct to existence Committee, deliberate Parenthood, the nationwide association for girls, and anxious girls for the US - illuminates while teams use media and why they could decide to keep away from media awareness altogether. Rohlinger expertly unearths why a few activist teams are extra determined than others to draw media recognition and sheds mild on what this suggests for coverage making and criminal abortion within the twenty-first century.
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The opposite is true when political threats emerge. During these moments, allies quickly set their ideological differences aside and band together in order to stave off political losses or defeat a common foe (Staggenborg 1986). The competitive dynamics among allied organizations are featured prominently in research on the movement-media relationship. Like-minded organizations are considered competitors in a zero sum game for the media spotlight in which winners are catapulted to political legitimacy and losers fall into relative obscurity.
News media are charged with the responsibility of providing the public information on a range of issues, actions, and events, as well as reporting on elected ofﬁcials. Not surprisingly, there is a voluminous literature analyzing news media and assessing how well they perform their duties (for example, see Baker 2002; Bennett, Lawrence, and Livingston 2007). Rather than rehash these arguments, I examine how institutional dynamics affect the reputation and media opportunities of an activist organization as well as its strategic choices.
Competition can inﬂuence media strategy even as a group cooperates with its allies. Organizations that participate in coalitions may still try to promote themselves and their goals. While self-promotion is to be expected, efforts to monopolize the public face of the coalition may be more or less overt. Groups negotiate how many human and ﬁnancial resources each organization will supply, as well as who will get credit for the coalition’s efforts. Competition plays prominently in these negotiations as organizations determine which group should get top billing in campaign ads and events.