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ERIC Number: ED159678
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Aug
Pages: 36
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Coorientation in the Newsroom: An Analysis of the News Preferences of Reporters, Editors, and Publishers.
Popovich, Mark
The question of whether publishers' news preferences affect the performances of editors and reporters is examined in this paper. The first section reviews studies of ways the newsroom environment has affected reporters' role assumptions; it then notes that previous studies have generally been monadic (focusing on only one person) and have provided little insight into role interactions in the newsroom. The second section shows how the coorientation model of communication was used in a dyadic study in twelve Indiana newsrooms, in which the following coorientation relationships were investigated: agreement between reporters' and editors' news selections; congruency between reporters' selections and their perceptions of how their superiors would select the news; and accuracy of reporters' perceptions of their superiors' news selections. Among the findings presented in the paper were that reporters and editors seem to operate independently of each other, that reporters pay more attention to their own convictions than to those of their editors and publishers, and that the news play of editors and publishers is very similar. (GW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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