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ERIC Number: ED257132
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Aug
Pages: 26
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Source Dependence and Story Production: A Comparison of Religion News Coverage by Specialists and Non-specialists at Three Newspapers.
Buddenbaum, Judith M.
A study was conducted to compare the news reporting of religion specialists and nonspecialists at three major metropolitan newspapers. Representing different news policies and structural constraints, 1,164 religion news items from the "New York Times," Minneapolis "Star," and the Richmond (Virginia) "Times-Dispatch" were content analyzed from June through August 1981. The results indicated consistent differences between the work of the two groups of journalists. As predicted, the specialists obtained most of their news information from religious sources, while the nonspecialists more often relied on secular sources. Although the two groups of journalists produced similar proportions of multiple-source stories, the religion specialists used those sources to provide several religious perspectives on an issue or event. The nonspecialists more often focused on the secular viewpoint, giving just enough information from a single religious source to give a religious angle to the article. The religion specialists at all the newspapers produced stories emphasizing change and cooperation more often than did the nonspecialists. Religion writers at each of the newspapers reported primarily on conflict within the religious community while the nonspecialists provided most of the coverage of conflict between religion and society. (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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