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ERIC Number: ED313722
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Aug
Pages: 27
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
The "Localism Doctrine" and Use of SNG Vehicles: A Study of Geographic Coverage by Local Television News.
Bernstein, James M.; And Others
A study compared local and non-local coverage across three market sizes in two states (Michigan and Oregon) and examined the extent to which the use of news gathering technologies differed across market size. The study was a replication and extension of a 13-year old study by William C. Adams and explored the possible impact of technological advances during those years. All weekday newscasts at six Michigan stations and eight Oregon stations were studied during a 2-week period from November 30 to December 11 1987. The stories were categorized on the basis of locale of story, use of satellite newsgathering equipment by a station's reporters, and length of story. The content analysis for the 14 stations yielded 3,029 stories for the 10 days' newscasts. Results indicated: (1) large market stations devoted less of their coverage to local news than did small market stations; (2) local television news departments are beginning to vary from the "localism doctrine" by increasing their national and international coverage; and (3) despite the notoriety of satellite news gathering (SNG) and the increased national and international coverage found in this sample, only 40 stories from 7 stations involved used this equipment. (Twenty-two notes and four tables of data are included.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Michigan; Oregon