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ABOUT MEDIA MATTERS

THE STORIES BEHIND THE NEWS HIT THE FRONT PAGE WHEN THIRTEEN/WNET NEW YORK PRESENTS THE LATEST EDITION OF MEDIA MATTERS, AIRING SEPTEMBER 25 ON PBS.

When a small-town newspaper's investigative reporting leads to a murder indictment, and the accused is the town's mayor, is it a journalistic victory or community tragedy?

During the tech stock boom in the last half of the 1990s, the public increasingly looked to business journalists to identify "hot stocks." Was the press skeptical enough?

Free concerts, glamorous interviews, backstage passes -- what hip journalist wouldn't want the job of rock critic? But, could it be that this "dream job" is a lot tougher than it looks?

Ethical questions, political intrigue, commercial pressures -- behind every news story there is a story about how the news gets reported. Now, MEDIA MATTERS, the critically acclaimed newsmagazine series that takes you behind the headlines, returns with a new episode.

Presented by Thirteen/WNET New York, MEDIA MATTERS premiered Tuesday, September 25 at 10 p.m. (ET) on PBS.

Hosted by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Alex Jones, director of the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics, and Public Policy at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, MEDIA MATTERS explores contemporary journalism from the inside, providing new insight into how -- and how well -- the news media do their job.

To learn about previous episodes of MEDIA MATTERS, visit pbs.org/wnet/mediamatters99.


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What is the role of the media in our society?

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Technological change has impacted news coverage worldwide.