ERIC Number: ED204769
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Aug
Reference Count: 0
An Examination of the Magazine Gatekeeper: Can Personal/Professional Characteristics Predict Editorial Involvement?
Fowler, Gilbert L., Jr.; Smith, Edward J.
A study examined whether editorial involvement of magazine editors could be predicted by various personal and professional characteristics. Questionnaires completed by 170 editors of magazines elicited information about the extent of their involvement in editorial operations and their personal and professional characteristics, including age, sex, education level, degree field, job enjoyment, years of editorial experience, personal aggressiveness, difficulty of work, comparative competence with other members of the staff, personal standards, adherence to editorial formulas, and aspirations for promotion or economic advancement. Results showed that the most significant predictor of involvement in editorial operations was whether the editorial content met the personal standards of the editor. In addition, editors who were most likely to preview all stories were those who were more aggressive and who had high personal standards for content. Those editors who became involved in the acceptance or rejection of stories felt items must meet their personal standards, were seeking promotion, and thought that their work was difficult. Finally, males were more apt to enter into the editing process than were females. (FL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Editors; Gatekeeper Role
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism (64th, East Lansing, MI, August 8-11, 1981).