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ERIC Number: ED309417
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Aug-11
Pages: 76
Abstractor: N/A
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A Coorientational Analysis of Trial Lawyer and News Reporter Relationships.
Lipschultz, Jeremy Harris
A study considered the relationships of trial lawyers and news reporters, using the coorientation measurement model and Q-methodology, and adapting an analysis of variance experimental design. Sixty statements were constructed and administered to 24 subjects (12 trial lawyers and 12 news reporters) in two large midwestern cities. It was found that: (1) both reporters and their lawyer sources tended to favor a cooperative relationship; and (2) communication goals, not relationship types, tended to distinguish occupational groups. Findings imply that, while reporters are seen by both groups as making their own decisions about the news and what to write, there is also a general view that the quality of what they write improves when they get source assistance--such as clarification--from trial lawyers, and that lawyers offer this sort of help only to those reporters they trust. (Five figures, 9 tables of data, and 91 notes are included.) (SR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A