A Q study of Indiana religion editors' attitudes toward religion news

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dc.contributor.advisor Popovich, Mark N. en_US
dc.contributor.author Gunter, Heather M. en_US
dc.coverage.spatial n-us-in en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011-06-03T19:39:09Z
dc.date.available 2011-06-03T19:39:09Z
dc.date.created 2000 en_US
dc.date.issued 2000
dc.identifier LD2489.Z72 2000 .G86 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://cardinalscholar.bsu.edu/handle/handle/186920
dc.description.abstract A study was conducted to determine what attitudes Indiana religion editors and reporters hold toward religion news and what attitude patterns exist among them.Using Q Methodology, this study explored the attitudes of religion reporters and editors at 22 Indiana daily newspapers. Newspapers included in the study had a religion reporter or editor who covered local religion news.The concourse for the study was developed by using statements from Ranly's 1977 study and from articles from trade and scholarly journals. The Q-sample included a total of 54 statements related to personal religious beliefs, the state of religion news and working as a journalist.The subjects completed a questionnaire, which included questions about their professional and religious background, and interviews were conducted with the subjects.The typical Indiana religion reporter was: a Caucasian female who had worked as a journalist for less than 10 years, who had held the position of religion reporter for less than five years, who held a bachelor's degree in journalism or English, and who had at least one college religion course. She had exposure to religion while growing up, is now involved in religious activities, and attends church weekly.QMETHOD software was used to tabulate the Q-sorts, and the investigator determined that two factors could be drawn out from the results. Hypothetical reporter types were labeled as "moderate" and "traditional." There was a high correlation between the two factors. Moderates were more news-oriented in their approach. They believe that religion news should be covered like any other news topic. Traditionalists were more faith-oriented. They believe that their faith and their jobs are not conflicting.
dc.description.sponsorship Department of Journalism
dc.format.extent iii, 76 leaves ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Religious newspapers and periodicals -- Indiana -- Employees -- Attitudes. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Journalists -- Indiana -- Attitudes. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Journalism, Religious -- Public opinion. en_US
dc.subject.other Indiana -- Public opinion. en_US
dc.title A Q study of Indiana religion editors' attitudes toward religion news en_US
dc.description.degree Thesis (M.A.)
dc.identifier.cardcat-url http://liblink.bsu.edu/catkey/1177975 en_US

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