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ERIC Number: ED311489
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Aug-10
Pages: 47
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Comparing an Economic Model of News Selection with One Based on Professional Norms in Local Television Newscasts.
McManus, John
A study compared two models (economic and journalistic) of news selection in an attempt to explain what becomes news. The news gathering and news decisionmaking processes of three western United States network-affiliated television stations, one each in a small, medium, and large market, were observed during 12 "typical" days. Questionnaires analyzing every story on the premier evening newscast were distributed on four of the days. Propositions relating to the cost of discovery, the cost of assembling stories, and audience appeal were tested for both models of news selection. Results indicated that the economic model based on maximizing station profit explained more news decisions at all three stations than the model based on journalistic norms. (Nineteen references and an appendix giving a breakdown of the data are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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