Newspaper Research Journal

newspaperpaper Research Journal is a magazine specializing in Media topics.

Articles from Vol. 22, No. 1, Winter

Cable Television News Viewed as Most Credible
Credibility in the news media has been declining steadily over the years, along with readership and ratings. Although the news media have never had particularly high credibility,(1) and measures of credibility have varied depending on question wording...
Computer-Assisted Reporting near Complete Adoption
Computers have been a part of mass communication in the United States almost since the first commercial computers were developed at the end of World War II.(1) Rare uses of the then-expensive-to-operate mainframe computers included polling and survey...
Knowledge Gap on Cervical, Colorectal Cancer Exists among U.S. Women
The mass media cover few topics that affect the lives of people more directly than do health issues. Access to media, however, often depends upon having higher education and income.(1) Socioeconomic disparities in health are "arguably the single most...
LA Times Offered as Model for Foreign News Coverage
Over the past three decades, studies have shown a decline in the amount of foreign news coverage in major U.S. daily newspapers. Emery demonstrated that international news--as a percentage of the total news hole--had shrunk from 10.2 percent in 1971...
Meaningful Discussion of Performance Missing
A 1998 credibility study sponsored by the American Society of Newspaper Editors found that many newspaper readers perceive the media as arrogant, insensitive and out of touch with prevailing societal values. Readers feel disconnected from journalists...
Media Associations Driven by Economic Needs
In few trades or professions does the compulsion to associate appear greater than among journalists. Russell E. Hurst, executive of the Society of Professional Journalists from 1962-1981, believed that while the instinct to belong runs deep in most...
News Stories about Conflict Generally Balanced
News coverage of conflict helps illuminate problems, stimulate political action and crystallize policy and voting decisions. Journalists hold up a standard of "fairness and balance" in covering such conflict that serves both self-interest and broader...
State Supreme Court Justices' Views on Free Expression
What kind of state justices are inclined to rule in favor of media rights? That was a major concern of this survey of state supreme court justices about nine areas of free expression. The intent was to identify support for the speech rights and to...