ERIC Number: ED203343
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Aug
Reference Count: 0
A Case Study of Electronic Editing and News Decision Making.
A study was conducted at two major midwestern newspapers to ascertain the effects of video display terminal (VDT) use on the work and perceptions of copy editors. The methodology consisted of observation of one full day of copy desk work at a VDT by a single local news desk copy editor and one full day of work at VDTs by a regular weekday shift of copy editors on the national/international news desk, as well as interviews with various editors. Data obtained through the interviews were validated by means of a content analysis of published material from two years before and two years after installation of the electronic system. The major conclusions drawn from the case study were as follows: (1) copy editing was done much the same way with a VDT as with pencil and paper; (2) adaptation and adjustment time to VDT editing systems by copy editors need not be lengthy; (3) the electronic editing system has contributed to the editing process by reducing routine tasks such as headline and story counting; (4) except during the adjustment period, the electronic editing system did not appear to be a factor in news judgments and decision making behavior for editors; and (5) while accuracy seemed to be enhanced by electronic editing systems, the issue of editing speed remained unresolved. (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Cathode Ray Tube Terminals
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism (64th, East Lansing, MI, August 8-11, 1981).