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ERIC Number: ED161067
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Aug
Pages: 29
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
How Nonmetropolitan Daily Newspapers Cover Courts in Minnesota.
Drechsel, Robert
Nineteen nonmetropolitan daily newspapers in Minnesota were surveyed to determine how reporters covered lower level courts. Data were collected in the following categories: demographic characteristics of the reporters, the courts they covered, the type of information they gathered and how, the sources they used, the problems they had with the complexity of the information, the types of stories they wrote, the audience they wrote for, and their general attitudes about their work. Results showed that, as a group, the Minnesota reporters were young and relatively well-educated, but with little specialized training. The lack of time to do a thorough job was one of their major problems. They emphasized spot news over features or issue-oriented stories, and they found judicial sources accessible and cooperative. The reporters indicated that they enjoyed covering courts, had little trouble understanding the system, were confident in their abilities, and perceived court coverage as being equally as important as other public affairs coverage. (FL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Journalists
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism (61st, Seattle, Washington, August 13-16, 1978)