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Fellowship of Companies for Christ International

Fellowship of Companies for Christ International is a membership-based 501non-profit. Founded in 1977 as Fellowship of Companies for Christ in Atlanta, Georgia. In 1985, International’ was added to the name to reflect the international vision. FCCI members include Christian business owners, CEOs, managing directors, professionals and other business leaders. Members believe Jesus Christ can be a positive change agent in their personal lives, the culture of their workplaces and the broader marketplace where they conduct business. While FCC originated with a small circle of business and ministry leaders in the 1970s in Atlanta, Georgia, US, FCCI now reports activities in over 100 nations, as of 12/2015.

Guanxi

Guanxi defines the fundamental dynamic in personalized social networks of power, and is a crucial system of beliefs in Chinese culture. In Western media, the pinyin romanization of this Chinese word is becoming more widely used instead of the two common translations of it - "connections" and "relationships" - as neither of those terms sufficiently reflects the wide cultural implications that guanxi describes. Guanxi plays a fundamental role within the Confucian doctrine, which sees the individual as part of a community and a set of family, hierarchical and friendly relationships. In particular, there is a focus on tacit mutual commitments, reciprocity, and trust, which are the grounds of guanxi and guanxi networks. Guanxi also has a major influence on the management of businesses based in Mainland China, and businesses owned by Overseas Chinese in Southeast Asia the latter is known as the bamboo network. Closely related concepts include that of ganqing, a measure which reflects the depth of feeling within an interpersonal relationship, renqing 人情 renqing / jen-ching, the moral obligation to maintain a relationship, and the idea of "face" 面子, miànzi / mien-tzu, which refers to social status, propriety, prestige, or a combination of all three. Other related concepts include wu-lune, which supports the idea of a long term, developing relationship between a business and its client, and yi-ren and ren, which respectively support reciprocity and empathy.

News values

News values are "criteria that influence the selection and presentation of events as published news". These values help explain what makes something "newsworthy". Initially labelled "news factors", news values are widely credited to Galtung and Ruge. In their seminal 1965 study, Galtung and Ruge put forward a system of twelve factors describing events that together are used as defining "newsworthiness". Focusing on newspapers and broadcast news, Galtung and Ruge devised a list describing what they believed were significant contributing factors as to how the news is constructed. They proposed a "chain of news communication" 1965: 65, which involves processes of selection the more an event satisfies the "news factors", the more likely it is selected as news, distortion accentuating the newsworthy factors of the event, once it has been selected, and replication selection and distortion are repeated at all steps in the chain from event to reader. Furthermore, three basic hypotheses are presented by Galtung and Ruge: the additivity hypothesis that the more factors an event satisfies, the higher the probability that it becomes news; the complementarity hypothesis that the factors will tend to exclude each other; and the exclusion hypothesis that events that satisfy none or very few factors will not become news. News values are not universal and can vary between different cultures. Among the many lists of news values that have been drawn up by scholars and journalists, some attempt to describe news practices across cultures, while others have become remarkably specific to the press of certain often Western nations. In Western practice, decisions on the selection and prioritization of news are made by editors on the basis of their experience and intuition, although analysis by Galtung and Ruge showed that several factors are consistently applied across a range of news organizations. Their theory was tested on the news presented in four different Norwegian newspapers from the Congo and Cuba crises of July 1960 and the Cyprus crisis of March–April 1964. Results were mainly consistent with their theory and hypotheses. Johan Galtung later said that the media have misconstrued his work and become far too negative, sensational, and adversarial. In 2001, the influential 1965 study was updated by Tony Harcup and Deirdre ONeill, in a study of the British press. The findings of a content analysis of three major national newspapers in the UK were used to critically evaluate Galtung and Ruges original criteria and to propose a contemporary set of news values. Forty years on, they found some notable differences, including the rise of celebrity news and that good news as well as bad news was a significant news value, as well as the newspapers own agenda. They examined three tabloid newspapers. Methodologically and conceptually, news values can be approached from four different perspectives: material focusing on the material reality of events, cognitive focusing on peoples beliefs and value systems, social focusing on journalistic practice, and discursive focusing on the discourse. A discursive perspective tries to systematically examine how news values such as Negativity, Proximity, Eliteness, and others, are constructed through words and images in published news stories. This approach is influenced by linguistics and social semiotics, and is called "discursive news values analysis" DNVA. It focuses on the "distortion" step in Galtung and Ruges chain of news communication, by analysing how events are discursively constructed as newsworthy. In a rapidly evolving market, achieving relevance, giving audiences the news they want and find interesting, is an increasingly important goal for media outlets seeking to maintain market share. This has made news organizations more open to audience input and feedback, and forced them to adopt and apply news values that attract and keep audiences. Given these changes and the rapid rise of digital technology in recent years, Harcup and O’Neill updated their 2001 study in 2016, while other scholars have analysed news values in viral news shared via social media. The growth of interactive media and citizen journalism is fast altering the traditional distinction between news producer and passive audience and may in future lead to a redefinition of what "news" means and the role of the news industry.

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