ERIC Number: ED245245
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Cartoonists and Editors Look at Cartooning.
Riffe, Daniel; And Others
Questionnaires were completed by 96 editorial cartoonists and by 67 of their newspaper editors in a study of the journalistic autonomy and decision making participation of the cartoonist. It was hypothesized that (1) editors and cartoonists would agree on the cartoonist's role, and (2) cartoonists and their editors would differ significantly in their view on several specific autonomy factors, such as quotas, freedom from editorial constraints, and decision making processes. As predicted, cartoonists' descriptions of their role agreed with the editors' descriptions of the cartoonists' role (i.e., as critic, artist, entertainer, reporter, etc.). However, there was a contrast between how cartoonists thought the editors perceived the role and how the editors in fact perceived it. The cartoonists were more likely to use two different roles when describing their perceptions and their editors' perceptions, while the editors were more likely to use the same role to describe their own view and what they thought the cartoonist's view was. concerned the statement that cartoonists should be free from all editoral restraints. Most editors disagreed strongly. The two samples agreed that the cartoons published did reflect the paper's editorial policy. Both groups gave similar rankings to sources of ideas for cartoons, and both agreed on the importance of a quota in the production of good cartoons. More cartoonists believed, however, that the number of cartoons they were submitting was excessive, while none of the editors believed the quotas were excessive. (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Editorial Policy; Editors; Political Cartoonists
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (67th, Gainesville, FL, August 5-8, 1984).