ERIC Number: ED217482
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Institutional Stress: Conflicting Normative Models in the Catholic Press.
Thorn, William; Garrison, M. Bruce
To determine whether the diocesan newspapers of the Catholic church are based on an autonomous, adversarial model or on an institutional, public relations model of the press, a survey was conducted of 148 editors and 145 bishops or publishers of such newspapers. Results showed that the editors and bishops agreed on the three major roles of the diocesan press--providing news of significance to Catholics, intradiocesan communication, and religious education--but ranked them in opposite order. Editors seemed to have a precarious balance of adversarial and institutional norms, putting primacy on the news function of their papers, while bishops emphasized the institutional communication and religious education roles of the press. The findings suggest that the pull from institutional communication demands and those of a semiautonomous watchdog creates great stress on editors of such publications. (Appendixes contain a statement of purpose of the diocesan press and a list of the statements to which the editors and bishops responded in the survey.) (FL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Editors; Media Role; Religious Publications
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism (65th, Athens, OH, July 25-28, 1982).