ERIC Number: ED255950
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Attitudes, Values and Background of High School Journalists Compared with the Media Elite.
To compare attitudes, values, and background of high school journalists with those of the media elite (journalists already working in the media), a survey was administered to 132 public and private high school students attending the Trinity University Journalism Institute during June 5-9, 1983. These students were the editors of their newspapers, yearbooks, and literary magazines. Students' personal backgrounds, such as fathers' educational and occupational status, metropolitan environment, and solid middle or upple middle class homes, were similar to those of adult journalists surveyed. Students either matched or exceeded the privileged levels reported by the media elite. On half of the social and political issues included--which featured questions about abortion, income limits, affirmative action, homosexual rights, and environmental protection--students scored about the same as the adult media elite. However, students are much more religious than the media elite. It appears that journalists may be moving to the right on a number of attitudes. The survey will be replicated each year during the Journalism Institute, with followup surveys being made to determine whether students majored in journalism, attended selected colleges, or changed their attitudes and values on social and political issues. (DF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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 (68th, Memphis, TN, August 3-6, 1985).