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ERIC Number: EJ884469
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
ISSN: ISSN-1533-015X
Environment Reporters and U.S. Journalists: A Comparative Analysis
Sachsman, David B.; Simon, James; Valenti, JoAnn Myer
Applied Environmental Education and Communication, v7 n1-2 p1-19 2008
This study provides baseline data regarding environment reporters in the twenty-first century, and then compares this baseline information about a specialized journalism beat to existing studies of U.S. journalists in general. This comparison between 652 environmental journalists working at daily newspapers and television stations and more than 1,000 U.S. journalists in general found that these reporters share many individual and work-related characteristics, perhaps due in part to their similar backgrounds and to the basic professional training received by most journalists. The authors propose a uniform theory of journalism education, arguing that journalists are journalists first because they are linked by their studies, training, and experience, and that differences among reporters may be related to variations in their education. The researchers also found that newspapers employ more specialized reporters than do television stations, and that the bigger the newspaper, the more specialists, suggesting that bigger is better for specialized reporting. (Contains 1 footnote and 11 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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