Newspaper Research Journal

newspaperpaper Research Journal is a magazine specializing in Media topics.

Articles from Vol. 21, No. 3, Summer

A Case Study: How to Get on (or Stay off) the Front Page
Both academics and news professionals are calling for reform of the traditional news budget meetings used by daily newspapers to select front page stories. Critics claim these daily meetings of editors produce predictable or boring newspapers(1) with...
An Analysis: New Hampshire Primary Coverage
Michael Gurevich and J.G. Blumler describe eight responsibilities of the media in a democratic society insofar as political coverage is concerned. Among them are such noble and laudatory tasks as surveillance of contemporary events, identification...
A Return to `Mr. Gates': Photography and Objectivity
Since David Manning White's(1) study of Mr. Gates, the notion of editorial content being monitored by gatekeepers has been addressed empirically for more than 40 years. Researchers from Gaye Tuchman(2) to Herbert Gans(3) have examined news as social...
Baseball Box Scores: Helpful Statistics or Sports Hieroglyphics?
Numerous researchers and writers for the popular press have examined the readability of newspaper copy and have pointed to difficult copy as a reason why readership continues to decline. The decline in readership has prompted changes in style and content...
City Hall Reporters' Evaluation of Coverage
The relationship between cities and newspapers is important because newspapers historically have been among the most cohesive elements in a community. Studies in the 1940s and 1950s suggested a strong relationship between civic-minded individuals and...
Editorial Comment
Without much fanfare, the University of Missouri School of Journalism, with funding from the Ford Foundation, has produced an important booklet that should serve as a critique of research about diversity, a compilation of much of the past research...
Local News Source Opinions of Their Newspapers
How does the experience of being a news source affect the evaluation that people make of the media? How much more - or less - tolerant are news sources when evaluating controversial journalistic practices? What is the effect on these evaluations of...
Public Journalism and Changes in Content of the Seattle Times
The Knight Foundation's John Bare(1) asserts that newspaper researchers "should evaluate the impact of public journalism in three ways." Two of those ways involve changes in news or editorial content and practices; the third involves effects on the...
`Reality' in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Many newspapers across the country are faced with decreasing circulation. Editor & Publisher reported that of 25 largest U.S. dailies, 18 lost readers in 1997.(1) According to W.R. Simmons & Associates Research Inc., readership of daily newspapers...

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