But when it comes to the fictional setting itself, how do your characters spread the word? What, if any, technology (as we know it) exists in the world of your stories? If your world's technology is far behind or ahead of ours, why is this and how have they come to this point? In the case of not being very techological, what is preventing progress?
How does your world spread the word if its people are illiterate? What form does the word take? After all we have not always had written stories. All stories start from the oral tradition. And with regard to news and programmes like that, is there journalistic freedom or is the world of your story controlled and the media very much expected to do as it is bid? Now there is plenty of room in that alone for some very good stories (and of course I think the master here has got to be Orwell's 1984).