ERIC Number: ED158309
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Television and Terrorism: Professionalism Not Quite the Answer.
Terry, Herbert A.
The responsibilities and role of the broadcast media in reporting acts of terrorism are examined in this paper. The paper first discusses such topics as new types of television equipment that permit easy and instantaneous coverage of fast-breaking news; television coverage of two 1977 cases in which persons were held hostage by terrorists; and discussions among broadcast journalists of such issues as whether terrorist strategy should be reported in detail, whether terrorist events should be covered live, and whether reporters should become intermediaries. It then lists CBS and UPI (United Press International) guidelines for coverage of terrorist acts and discusses the issue of the professionalism of journalists, as explored in research studies and in cases involving newspaper employees' right to form bargaining units. The paper also reports results of a survey of television station news directors' attitudes toward and experiences with self-regulatory codes, attitudes toward statements related to the controversy, professionalism and professional autonomy, and probable behavior in terrorist/hostage situations. Finally, suggestions are presented for dealing with the controversial issues. The questionnaire mailed to television news directors, and tables of their responses, are included. (GW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Professionalism; Terrorism
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism (61st, Seattle, Washington, August 13-16, 1978); Survey may not reproduce due to small type