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ERIC Number: ED083599
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Aug
Pages: 26
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Professional Orientations of Broadcast Newsmen.
Weinthal, Donald S.; O'Keefe, Garrett J., Jr.
While much contemporary theoretical discussion has centered upon "professionalism" in broadcast journlism, little attention has been paid to describing the professional orientations of currently practicing newsmen. Results ofa survey that tested the self-concept of working journalists in television and radio revealed that the respondents agreed that a "professional" journalist should maintain objectivity, resist the influence of graduities, and be willing to go to jail to protect freedom of the press. The survey results were inconclusive, however, in that there was no universal agreement on professional standards, no clear answer to the problem of journalist certification, and no agreement on the extent of "editorializing" allowable in "straight news" stories. Too, there emerged no clear way of predicting which newsmen hold high professional standards, since educational level and "prestige," the expected indicators, failed to show linear results. Some way of defining a "good" news story must be found before the professionalism of newsmen can be more accurately rated. (CH)
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