ERIC Number: ED230974
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Newspaper Subscribing and Community Integration: Separating Facts from Artifacts.
Stamm, Keith; Weis, Robert
Three questions bearing on M. Janowitz's community-integration hypothesis were pursued in a study for which community ties and newspaper subscribing were the focal dimensions. The questions addressed were the following: (1) Are community-church ties positively associated with subscribing to a local church newspaper? (2) Are church ties positively associated with subscribing to commercial newspapers in the community? and (3) When ties to church are combined with ties to volunteer associations, is the likelihood of subscribing to commercial newspapers enhanced? Subjects, 350 members of a Catholic diocese in the northwestern United States, supplied information concerning their church membership, participation in church-related groups, identification with church parish and diocese, and participation in local volunteer associations. Results showed that church ties were positively associated with subscribing to the church newspaper, with participation in church groups having the strongest relationship. Some ties to local churches were positively associated with commercial newspaper subscribing, especially participation in church groups. Ties to church and volunteer associations had separate and joint positive relationships to commercial newspaper subscribing, demonstrating evidence of an additive effect. All findings were consistent with the community integration hypothesis. (Author/FL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Church Newspapers; Newspaper Subscriptions
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (66th, Corvallis, OR, August 6-9, 1983).