ERIC Number: ED390054
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Life After Death (By Cheeseburger): An Iowa Update.
Arnold, Mary Peterson
A survey polled high schools in Iowa to examine the following research questions: (1) Which high schools in Iowa do and do not publish a student newspaper?; (2) What is the frequency of publication?; (3) Which schools publish their newspaper as part of the local community paper?; (4) What changes have occurred in the profile of the average high school student newspaper since the 1987 Iowa High School Press Association/Iowa Newspaper Association (IHSPA/INA) study?; (5) How do Iowa high schools' figures compare with national figures?; and (6) Do any environmental factors play a part in which Iowa schools do and do not publish newspapers? Many of these questions were answered through a phone survey of principals at 418 public and private schools. Responses were combined with environmental variables obtained from the United States Department of Education Office of Educational Research. These included locale, minority population, and type of school (public or private). Enrollment figures for grades 10-12 for all schools were added from a listing obtained from the Iowa High School Athletic Association. Results showed that 78% of the schools in Iowa publish student newspapers, usually monthly or more frequently, and in most cases as part of the local community newspaper. Through a cooperative effort of the IHSPA and the INA, the data collected will be the first step toward helping the 92 schools without newspapers begin to publish one. Findings showed a 5% decrease in the percentage of schools publishing a newspaper. (Contains 12 tables of data, 29 notes, and 10 references.) (TB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Administrator Surveys; Iowa
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (78th, Washington, DC, August 9-12, 1995).