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ERIC Number: ED258218
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Aug
Pages: 29
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Geographic and Source Biases in Network Television News 1982-1984.
Whitney, D. Charles; And Others
Content analysis of 5,190 news stories appearing on network weekday evening newscasts between May 1982 and April 1984 reveals under- and overrepresentations of geographic/political subdivisions and of individuals representing various social groups within the United States and internationally. More specifically, on "geographic" biases, states and regions that are home to newsgathering centers are proportionately overrepresented. Continued support is found for an "eclipse" effect, in which a majority of the news comes from one state or city within a geographic region. Sources, as expected, are biased toward extant centers of power, particularly government, partisan politics, the military, business, and professions. Sources not identified as members of major social institutions,"unknowns," appear in the news primarily in frames previously provided by network news, the study's data indicate. (Author/DF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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