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ERIC Number: ED401534
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Aug
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
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College and University Administrators' Views about Serving as News Sources for Student Reporters.
Watts, Liz; Wernsman, Robert
Student journalists at colleges and universities routinely interview and quote collegiate administrators for campus-based news stories; however, the role of those administrators as news sources apparently has not been considered. A study examined the role of administrators and their assessment of student journalists. A questionnaire was sent to 5 administrators at each of the 405 colleges and universities listed in the 1994-95 AEJMC (Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication) directory. Of the 1,500 questionnaires mailed, 510 were usable. Respondents represented 334 public and 176 private schools. Results showed that almost 75% of the respondents contacted were regularly used as sources by student journalists. Most respondents had been used as sources during the same month that they answered the questionnaire. Also, 75% said they had never refused to be interviewed. In questions about the quality of student journalism, the administrators gave mostly neutral ratings, indicating the journalists were not especially good or bad. They gave above-average ratings in only two areas: for objectivity and for asking pertinent questions. They gave mid-range ratings to interview preparation, follow-up questions, and knowledge about the topic. They gave low-range ratings for calling back to verify information or to get a post-publication reaction. Results support some already published literature. (Contains 10 tables of data and 29 notes.) (TB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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