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What is the watchdog function of the media?

The role of a watchdog journalist can be that of a protector or guardian. The role of a watchdog journalist as a guardian is to supply the citizens with information they must have “to prevent the abuse of power”, and to “warn citizens about those that are doing them harm”.


Also question is, what is the function of media?

Media are the communication outlets or tools used to store and deliver information or data. The term refers to components of the mass media communications industry, such as print media, publishing, the news media, photography, cinema, broadcasting (radio and television), and advertising.

One may also ask, what role does the media play in politics and elections? Social media, or more specifically news mediaplays an important role in democratic societies because they allow for participation among citizens. Therefore, when it comes to healthy democratic networks, it is crucial that that news remains true so it doesn’t affect citizens’ levels of trust.

Subsequently, question is, what is a government watchdog?

Often called the “congressional watchdog,” GAO examines how taxpayer dollars are spent and provides Congress and federal agencies with objective, reliable information to help the government save money and work more efficiently.

What is meant by the media’s watchdog role as a fourth branch of government?

Fourth estate/ fourth branch. refers to the role of the press as a fourth branch of government, one that watches the other branches (executive, legislative, and judicial); in earlier times fourth estate referred to the press as a locus of power along with the clerical, temporal and common estates. Watchdog role.


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