The process of not only controlling, but also limiting, certain information or access to something. This happens in any type of communication, from broadcasting to print publication, with some of the first instances happening with mass media. By selecting certain stories or information to spread to the public, journalists are not only filtering stories that are no longer relevant but also determine what can fit in the space allotted to them.

Some audiences view gatekeeping as a way of publications controlling what they want them to know or understand about certain information or events. This can sometimes be viewed as censorship and takes a radical view on the actual notions of gatekeeping.

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