ERIC Number: ED350633
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Aug-6
Differentiating Media Practices: How Demographic Variables Relate to Support for Freedom of the Press.
Andsager, Julie L.
Public support for various media rights was examined in this study. Data were analyzed from a national probability sample of 1,508 adults, with items pertaining to media formed into three indexes: Morality, Routine Journalism, and Identification. These indexes were used as dependent variables in a multiple analysis of variance test based on the demographic variables of sex, age, education, and political orientation. Results indicated that: (1) men supported all rights significantly more than women, with greater disparity for routine journalism practices; (2) support for media rights was higher at the left side of the political spectrum than the right, especially for practices that relate to moral issues; (3) as education increased, support for rights tended to increase, with the greatest change occurring for routine journalism practices; (4) increasing age seemed to be associated with decreasing support; and (5) identification of rape victims and juveniles charged with crime received little support from any group. (Three tables and 4 figures of data are included; 27 references are attached.) (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (75th, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, August 5-8, 1992).