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ERIC Number: ED168049
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Aug
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Criticism of News Media in City Magazines.
Burd, Gene; Young, C. Dianne
A survey of 80 city and regional magazines was undertaken to examine articles of media criticism. Of those, 78.5% responded. A total of 420 articles were received and were divided according to subject and geographical distribution. A critical analysis of representative articles determined that they represented significant criticism as defined in Theodore Peterson's "The Social Responsibility Theory of the Press." It was found that city magazines have adopted media criticism as a standard editorial practice, that most articles were published by the magazines in the largest cities, that most were about the print media, that most concerned local media performance and power, and that magazines in the Northeast and Far West were the most diligent media watchdogs. Common criticisms were that newspapers are inaccurate, sensational, and without substance; that they boost and protect "sacred cows" rather than criticize; that they ignore problems and issues out of self-interest; and that they allow advertising and class pressures to influence the news. (TJ)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A