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ERIC Number: ED082235
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
Pages: 387
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An Analysis of the Editorial Content and Policy of Twenty Selected High School Newspapers in Pennsylvania.
Hince, Thaddeus Edmund
Through interviews with student editors, a questionnaire survey, and an analysis of editorials in high school newspapers, this study attempted to (1) discover the relative importance of, or interest in, certain topics through quantification; (2) rank these topics in order of importance; (3) determine the editorial attitude toward each topic; and (4) determine the explicit and implicit pressures or controls placed upon editorial writers by sources outside the newspaper. Results indicated the frequency of positive and neutral editorials showed no distinct pattern, although the negative editorials exceeded the combined total of positive and neutral editorials in any given month except September and June, with peaks in October and February. Following each of the two major vacations of the year, there was a lower frequency of critical editorials followed by a surge of criticism and a gradual decline thereafter. Editorial attitude toward topics outside the school tended to be less negative than toward topics in school. Explicit and implicit controls consisted of overt censorship, influence before publication, and pressure after publication. Finally, few newspapers had written editorial policies and most relied on unwritten rules which also controlled editorial expression. (Author/HOD)
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Note: Ed.D. Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh