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ERIC Number: ED309472
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Aug
Pages: 24
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
News Media Adversary and Consensus Roles, and Legislator Use of News Media for Job Information.
Riffe, Daniel
A study examined how Alabama legislators' ratings of news media for job-relevant information correlate with their views on news media adversary and consensus agent roles. Eighty-two questionnaires (out of 140 mailed) were completed by Alabama state representatives and senators for a return rate of 59%. Results suggested that lawmakers who believe news media do adversarial reporting are more unlikely or unwilling to credit them with providing useful job-relevant information, while lawmakers who do use news media for job-relevant information were significantly less likely to describe those media as engaging in aggressive, watchdog reporting. Results also indicated that the belief that news media function as agents of community consensus is correlated with use of media, thus making it possible for those media to serve as constituent-legislator links. Results suggest an interesting consequence of the adversary posture many news media take: that stereotyping of news media as adversaries may preclude the news media from serving what could be an important "linkage" function. (Four tables of data and 38 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
Identifiers - Location: Alabama