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ERIC Number: EJ951336
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1077-6958
Tomorrow's Journalists: In-Groups, Out-Groups, and News Topic Preference
Netzley, Sara Baker; Banning, Stephen A.
Journalism and Mass Communication Educator, v66 n1 p40-53 Mar 2011
This study explored whether student journalists believed they shared news topic preferences with the public. Previous research suggests journalists are very different from the audiences they serve, which may influence their perceptions of audience story preferences because of the social identity theory and the social distance corollary. A national random sample of students working at campus newspapers showed that student journalists believed that their preferences were quite different from the public's preferences. Thus, student journalists could define their social identity as "in group" apart from the public; this has implications for gatekeeping and journalism education. (Contains 39 endnotes and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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