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ERIC Number: ED110993
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975
Pages: 122
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Reporter-Source Orientation, South Attraction, Topic Importance, and Reporter Information-Seeking Behavior.
Einsiedel, Edna Flores
Behavioral research suggests that communication between two individuals is affected by such factors as their orientation toward a topic, the importance of the topic, and interpersonal attraction. Seven hypotheses were formulated to determine if these factors--originally discovered in a discussion setting--were operative in an information-seeking context such as a journalistic interview. Eighty reporting students were asked to assume the role of reporters assigned to prepare a set of interview questions they would ask a source about an issue involving the use of firearms by campus police officers. Results showed that a significantly greater number of questions were asked by those who disagreed with the source, those who disliked the source, and those who considered the topic of high importance. This experiment suggests that in interview settings, reporters may, through their questions, communicate their perceptions of sources and issues. The possible effects of such variations in information seeking on news story content may be a subject for more research. (Author/RB)
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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