ERIC Number: ED217437
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Is the News about Development All Good? A Content Analysis of Selected Foreign Newspapers.
Ogan, Christine; Swift, Clint
Defining development as a participatory process within a society aimed at creating or maintaining social structures and institutions that allow a society's present and future needs to be met, a study was undertaken to discover what kind of treatment was given to development news by Third World media. Eleven foreign newspapers from a university library were analyzed for content for 1 month. The papers came from a variety of countries, including China, Israel, and Canada, and from five countries in Africa. A total of 3,031 development news items were found, or about 9 or 10 items per issue. A measure of the proportion of the page and determination of the priority each item had received were made. Over half of the items were less than one-eighth of the page. Priority estimation followed a similar pattern, in that only 28.5% of the items were high priority, 49% were given middle priority, and 22.5% received low priority. Development news was primarily gathered by the newspaper staff or the national news agency of the country, and most items came from the latter. The results appeared to support the charges that Third World media place no more emphasis on development news than do Western news agencies. (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism (65th, Athens, OH, July 25-28, 1982).