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ERIC Number: ED087018
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Aug
Pages: 22
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Patterns of Bureaucratization and Professionalism in a Sample of Television Journalists.
LeRoy, David J.
The purpose of this study was to examine the relationships between those aspects of bureaucratic organization which could foster professionalism and those which could hinder professionalism among television journalists. Two existing scales, one dealing with self-perceived professionalism and the other a self-report of bureaucratic features at one's work-site, were modified for a mail survey of television journalists. Some of the findings are: on the hierarchy of authority, division of labor and rules scales, the sample ranked at the median; on the procedures scale, newsmen had relatively low bureaucracy scores, suggesting that television journalists are allowed much latitude in their day-to-day activities; on the impersonality scale, newsmen had the highest bureaucracy scores, possibly because of the required impartiality in news gathering; the most bureaucratized group in the sample were cameramen; news directors had the most autonomy; technical competence scores revealed that television news departments appear to have little in the way of rigid rules for recruitment and promotion; and most news departments are relatively small. (RB)
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism (Fort Collins, Colorado, August 19-22, 1973)