ERIC Number: ED188178
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-May
Reference Count: 0
Contributions of Print Journalism to the Study of Political Communication.
Print journalism and journalism research have contributed many concepts, principles, and communication techniques to the field of political communication. An examination of the indexes of "Public Opinion Quarterly,""Journalism Quarterly," and the "Journal of Communication" through the mid-1960s indicates the evolution of the study of print media in the political process. Among the subjects given emphasis are media content and coverage, persuasion, news bias, newspaper influence on voters, and newspaper reporting of political public opinion polls. Other aspects of newspaper reporting that have been studied or proposed for study are the inadvertent altering of message content, gatekeeping (or news decision making), and the effectiveness of different media as information sources. A great deal of research has dealt with the effects of print media coverage. Among the many communication techniques created over the years, generally by print journalists, that facilitate coverage of political activity, are the press conference, the journalistic interview, and the press briefing. Students of political communication must now turn more attention toward redefining political communication. They must examine the communication of political information outside the campaign context, the relationship between government and the media, and the role of politics in communication. (GT)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Communication Association (30th, Acapulco, Mexico, May 18-23, 1980).