ERIC Number: ED232198
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Reporting Conflict in the Press, by Degree of Pluralism, Newspaper Type, and Ownership: A Comparison of 83 Minnesota Newspapers, 1965 and 1979.
Donohue, George A.; And Others
Data from 83 Minnesota newspapers support the hypothesis that as communities become more pluralistic, their newspapers will report more conflict. Between 1965 and 1979, Minnesota saw an increase in population and proportionate increases in income from manufacturing and agriculture. During this period of growing pluralism, the amount of newspaper space devoted to news, editorial comment, and reporting of conflict within communities and local governments also rose sharply. In addition to an overall increase, the data revealed changing patterns in conflict reporting. While the absolute amount of conflict reporting remained greatest in the most pluralistic regions, the increase of such reporting between 1965 and 1979 was greatest in less pluralistic areas and in weekly newspapers. Additionally, the 1965 finding that dailies reported more local conflict than weekly newspapers was reversed in 1979, a change related to the shifting ownership status of daily newspapers. As more and more dailies come under out-of-state ownership, the percentage of space devoted to reporting conflict decreases. Other factors influencing the changing pattern of conflict reporting appear to be the increasing interdependence among communities and the greater role of state and federal agencies in local government. (Author/MM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Media Ownership
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (66th, Corvallis, OR, August 6-9, 1983).