ERIC Number: ED147824
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: 0
The "Ideal" Reporter, The "Ideal" Copy Editor: A Survey of 60 Daily Newspaper Editors.
Holsinger, Ralph L.
A survey of 60 managing editors of daily newspapers was conducted to determine the qualities editors look for in the reporters and copy editors they hire, the specific academic preparation they would like reporters and copy editors to have, and specific problems editors have with their present staff members. This paper describes the methodology of the study, presents the results in narrative and tabular form, and poses questions for journalism educators, based on the survey results. Analysis of the results indicated that mastery of the English language led the list of qualities looked for in reporters (mentioned by 68% of the editors) and in copy editors (mentioned by 70% of the editors). Lack of such mastery was the most frequently cited problem (58%). In describing the ideal reporter, editors also placed heavy emphasis on reporting skills (53%) and on such personal qualities as desire, dedication, and commitment (55%); curiosity (55%); initiative, aggressiveness, and high energy level (38%); and honesty, objectivity, integrity, and a high ethical sense (33%). A lack of one or more of these qualities was the second most common problem (52%). (GW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism (60th, Madison, Wisconsin, August 21-24, 1977) ; Best copy available