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ERIC Number: ED306616
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Apr
Pages: 21
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The Generation of Story Ideas: An Exploratory Study of Gatekeeping in Local Television News.
Wickham, Kathleen Woodruff
A study examined the possible sources for story ideas within a local television newsroom, with a special emphasis on the role of the reporter. Fifteen newscasts, comprising 227 stories that appeared on early evening newscasts of the three network affiliated television stations in Memphis, Tennessee, were coded for the original source for each story idea. A questionnaire distributed to all reporters and news managers at the three stations probed various attitudes and skills behind the generation of story ideas. Return rate was 74%. Results indicated that while 84% of the reporters and news managers said reporters should be responsible for their own story ideas on a daily basis, the bulk of the story ideas were generated by such middle management employees as the assignment editor or executive producer, with the assignment editor shouldering the largest share. (Three tables of data are included, and 24 footnotes are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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