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ERIC Number: ED141801
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977
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Patterns of Senatorial News Coverage in the U.S.
Wilhoit, G. Cleveland; Weaver, David H.
This study uses natural data, primarily, to study patterns of news coverage of the United States Senate in major media of regional and national stature. The following questions are addressed: To what extent do institutional and structural aspects of the Senate (seniority, committee assignment, and senatorial staff size) affect the news potential of individual senators? Do institutional factors create greater opportunity for some senators to gain publicity? Do journalists merely seek out active senators, without regarding the question of institutional position? Four major institutional and structural variables are investigated in activities of the eighty-ninth, the ninety-first, and ninety-third congresses: seniority, state size, committee leadership prestige, and personal staff size. Analysis of media exposure reveals that, while the predictive power of the institutional factor shifts from Congress to Congress, position in the Senate opportunity structure can provide a base from which to attract national media attention. (KS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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