ERIC Number: ED246478
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Network Evening News Visibility of Congressmen and Senators.
Foote, Joe S.; Weber, David J.
A study examined the television network visibility of representatives and senators during the two-year period of the 97th Congress (1981-82). Among other questions, the study sought to determine whether high visibility on network news was limited to an elite group of leaders and activists, and whether the Senate-to-House network coverage ratio was as high as previous studies had found. The 1981 "Congressional Directory" was used to find names of senators and representatives from the 97th Congress. The "Television News Index & Abstracts" of the Vanderbilt Television News Archive was studied to collect data on congressional television exposure. Twenty-four monthly totals for each representative and senator were combined into yearly totals. The results indicated that coverage for the average member of Congress was quite low. Less than 2% of the House and Senate members accounted for nearly one-third of the total network news coverage of members of Congress. While the coverage figures were low for most members, they were particularly low for representatives. The Senate Majority Leader and the Speaker of the House accounted for more than 12% of the coverage given to members of both houses. The National Broadcasting Company gave the greatest amount of congressional coverage over the two-year period. (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Congress 97th; Media Role; Television Access
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (67th, Gainesville, FL, August 5-8, 1984).