ERIC Number: ED246447
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Aug
Reference Count: 0
The Effect of Gender of Source and Reporter on News Coverage.
Barnes, James; And Others
Hypothesizing that news stories written about a female source would have more personal and feminine information than stories written about a male source, even if all the information available to the reporter were identical, a study varied gender of source with male and female college student reporters randomly assigned to the male-source and female-source conditions. The subjects were given a packet containing a press conference transcript, a biography, and a copy of a page of handwritten reporter's notes and told to write an article based only on the materials they were given. A 2 x 2 independent measure factorial design was used to analyze student reporters' use of personal versus professional information as well as masculine, feminine, and neutral information in their news stories. The findings showed a main effect for the source-gender variable with the female sources described in news stories with more personal and less professional information than the male source. No main effects for reporter gender were found. (Author/HOD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (67th, Gainesville, FL, August 5-8, 1984).