Academic journal article Newspaper Research Journal

Editors' Comments

Academic journal article Newspaper Research Journal

Editors' Comments

Article excerpt

This issue contains a variety of topics--from how reporters cover managed healthcare organizations to the pros and cons of digital photography and much more.

The issue also includes three research in brief articles--all about new media--one about Oklahoma newspapers using the Internet as a reporting tool and two about business and environmental news on newspapers' Web sites.

In a study of the coverage of managed care, Lepre, Walsh-Childers and Chance conclude, as have previous researchers, that journalists frame managed care organizations in a negative light. They acknowledge, however, that journalists may simply be accurately reflecting the failure of managed care organizations to meet consumers' needs.

Senat points out that the Supreme Court has opened the door for Congress to limit access to other state and local public records in upholding a federal law to restrict driver's license information. He questions whether other state and local records containing personal, but not necessarily private, information may also be subject to congressional regulation by using the same interstate commerce rationale. Senat seems to see a slippery slope where real estate records and voter registration records, for example, could come under the purview of Congress. …

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