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ERIC Number: ED309421
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Aug
Pages: 25
Abstractor: N/A
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Professional Orientations of Sports Journalists: Their Role in Journalism.
Salwen, Michael B.; Garrison, Bruce
Because little scholarly or industry research has reviewed the position of sports journalists on the matter of professionalism, a study analyzed newspaper sports journalists' evaluations of their professional orientations and their perceptions of the orientations of their colleagues who write "hard" and "soft" news. The study employed a national mail survey of 624 members of the Associated Press Sports Editors in 1988; 249 usable responses were received for a reponse rate of 40 percent. The sports journalists were overwhelmingly white males. Respondents evaluated a scale of 20 professional and non-professional items. Results indicated that: (1) based on a scale of professional items the sports journalists rated themselves higher than their peers who write hard news and soft news; and (2) on a scale of "nonprofessional" items they generally rated themselves as no different from their colleagues in hard news and soft news. (Three tables of data and 24 notes are included.) (MS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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