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ERIC Number: ED159718
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Aug
Pages: 31
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
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Perceived vs. Real World Attitudes of Kansas Journalists.
Oukrop, Carol; Morris, Jim
To assess the relationship between the way graduating journalists perceive the profession of journalism and the way graduates find it to be in reality, a 61-item questionnaire was administered to 212 graduating seniors at two Kansas universities and to 213 news-editorial graduates of the ten years preceding the study. The nine areas of concern were the use of copy written by reporters, relationship with staff, ethics and professionalism, pay and fringe benefits, relationship with management, status of the journalist on the newspaper and in the community, occupational duties, philosophy of the publication, and job satisfaction. Among the major findings were that working newspersons found they had more autonomy, a better working relationship with colleagues and management, a higher status on the paper and in the community and, in general, a better working environment than pregraduates expected. There were significant differences in the perceptions of the two groups regarding all nine areas of concern except job satisfaction: pregraduates perceived that they would be happy in their jobs, and this proved to be the case with the graduates. (Tables of results, comments from graduates, and the questionnaire used in the study are included.) (GW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers: Kansas
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism (61st, Seattle, Washington, August 13-16, 1978)