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ERIC Number: ED309442
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Aug
Pages: 16
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The Joys, Heartaches and Ethics of Reviewing Books for "Journalism Quarterly": Perceptions of Reviewers.
Wulfemeyer, K. Tim; And Others
A pilot study surveyed book reviewers for "Journalism Quarterly" to determine what kind of people write reviews, why they write reviews, what they think about the quality of book reviews, and what they think about the ethics-related problems associated with book reviewing. Subjects, 78 (out of 92) reviewers for "Journalism Quarterly" randomly selected from the list of reviewers who published reviews between 1983 and 1988, responded to a questionnaire. Results indicated that (1) most reviewers were white, middle-aged males who held doctorates, taught at a large university and were tenured full or associate professors; (2) 44 percent wrote reviews out of a sense of professional "duty" and a belief that the experience would help them grow professionally; (3) 70 percent thought favorable reviews could lead to increased readership of a book, although more than one-half thought the reviews should be more critical; and (4) despite concerns about ethics-related problems in book reviewing, the reviewers seemed convinced that there was little, if any, race or sex bias at work in "Journalism Quarterly" reviews. (Two tables of data are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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