ERIC Number: EJ1022123
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
Learning in the Beat: What Influences Environmental Journalists' Perception of Knowledge?
Takahashi, Bruno; Tandoc, Edson C., Jr.
Applied Environmental Education and Communication, v12 n4 p244-253 2013
We conducted a survey of environmental journalists in the United States to explore individual, routine, and organizational influences on perceived knowledge of environmental issues. Using the gatekeeping theory, we found that routine and organizational factors, such as orientation to particular sources and affiliation to an organization, predict perceived knowledge. Years of covering the beat, affiliation to a news organization, and orientation to particular sources, particularly scientific and business sources, predicted perceived knowledge. In terms of individual factors, we did not find any significant influence. The relevance of these findings in the context of journalists' training is discussed.
Descriptors: Journalism, News Reporting, Environment, Knowledge Level, Prediction, Organizations (Groups), Journalism Education, Information Sources, Online Surveys, Factor Analysis
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