A study of environmental reporters' attitudes toward the stories they cover

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dc.contributor.advisor Popovich, Mark N. en_US
dc.contributor.author Lesselbaum, Jenny E. en_US
dc.coverage.spatial n-us--- en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011-06-03T19:39:54Z
dc.date.available 2011-06-03T19:39:54Z
dc.date.created 2003 en_US
dc.date.issued 2003
dc.identifier LD2489.Z72 2003 .L47 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://cardinalscholar.bsu.edu/handle/handle/187505
dc.description.abstract This study examined environmental reporters and their attitudes toward the stories they cover. Sixteen journalists, from across the United States, who reported either full-time or part-time were asked to participate in a Q study by sorting fifty-four statements. On an 11point distribution grid from most disagree (-5) to most agree (+5).The statements were selected from a model of short term and long-term problems facing the environmental reporter. Issues raised in the statements included topics surrounding the beat. For example, do journalists who report on the environment feel frustrated by the short-term vision of reporting? Do they feel they are watchdogs for their community when reporting about environmental issues?Research revealed three factors that were labeled the "Watchdogs", the "Company People," and the "Frustrated Reporter." This study revealed that environmental reporting has emerged into a legitimate "beat" in the past thirty years. There is also a large gap between scholarly research has found and what the environmental reporter faces on a day-to-day basis while out in the field.
dc.description.sponsorship Department of Journalism
dc.format.extent vi, 64 leaves ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Journalists -- United States -- Attitudes. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Ecology -- Press coverage -- United States. en_US
dc.title A study of environmental reporters' attitudes toward the stories they cover en_US
dc.description.degree Thesis (M.A.)
dc.identifier.cardcat-url http://liblink.bsu.edu/catkey/1277063 en_US

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