ERIC Number: ED192307
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Aug
Reference Count: 0
NIS and Radio's All-News Predicament. Journalism Monographs No. 69.
Shaw, Eugene F.; Riffe, Daniel
Based on case studies of 15 all-news radio stations, this report isolates major factors contributing to the all-news format's frequent failure and assesses its potential for success. The history of the News and Information Service (NIS), which the NBC radio network operated between 1975 and 1977, serves as a backdrop for the information presented in the report. Sections of the report discuss the following topics: (1) the 15 stations and 33 officials in the original case studies, (2) reasons the stations converted to the all-news format, (3) the effect on local staff, (4) the business community's response, (5) promoting the all-news format, (6) local programing and staff credentials, (7) stations' appraisals of NIS, (8) factors involved in stations' decisions to drop the all-news format, (9) all-news stations on their own after the demise of NIS, (10) the commitment to local coverage within an all-news format, (11) journalism and show business, and (12) the future of all-news radio stations. The report concludes with a critique and confirmation of the viability of all-news formats. (RL)
AEJ Publications Manager, School of Journalism, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55455 ($2.50)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association for Education in Journalism.