ERIC Number: ED097683
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Another Look at Supreme Court Reporters and Reportage.
Dennis, Everette E.
This study was initiated to assess the literature of Supreme Court reporting and to survey the Supreme Court press corps to ascertain (1) a demographic profile of reporters at the court, (2) a reportorial assessment of coverage, and (3) an indication of attitudes of reporters toward court information policies and practices. A questionnaire was sent to all 23 reporters registered at the court during the 1973 October term. The group included "regulars" with fulltime assignments and "occasionals," who cover the court rarely. The study provided a number of findings about reporters, evaluation of coverage, and court information policies. The news media reporter at the Supreme Court seems to be a relatively young, well-educated individual with several years of media experience before coming to the court assignment. Tenure at the court, however, is rather short. Most of the reporters queried were pleased with their own performance and that of their colleagues. However, a number of specific innovations are still sought. The most commonly mentioned of these is a lockup system that would allow reporters to puruse opinions before they are actually announced in order to be better prepared for stories on significant decisions of the court. (Author/SW)
Publication Type: 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 (57th, San Diego, California, August 18-21, 1974)