ERIC Number: ED244293
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Aug-7
Reference Count: 0
Judicial Selection Methods and Judge-Journalist Relationships in Trial Courts.
Drechsel, Robert E.
In an attempt to integrate research on the impact of judicial selection and research on journalist-source interaction, a study considered the method by which judges are selected and retained and how this method influences the exchange relationship between sources and journalists in trial courts. Elected trial court judges in Minnesota and appointed judges in an unnamed northeastern state were surveyed to test three hypotheses: (1) that in states where judges are elected and retained by public vote, they should be more willing to communicate with the public through interaction with journalists; (2) that because they are arguably more directly accountable to the public, elected judges would be more likely to cooperate with journalists in order to achieve publicity, thus enhancing the journalists' relative power in the exchange; and (3) that elected judges will attend more to the media's coverage of the judiciary, again enhancing the relative power of the journalist. In terms of overall communication behavior, results indicated that in fact judges who were elected cooperated more with journalists than appointed judges, were more likely to cooperate for publicity reasons, and were more likely to read media coverage of courts. Results also seemed to indicate that elected judges inherently have an incentive to seek communication links with the public. (CRH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (67th, Gainesville, FL, August 5-8, 1984).