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Reporting the News: An Organizational Analysis

Lee Sigelman
American Journal of Sociology
Vol. 79, No. 1 (Jul., 1973), pp. 132-151
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2776715
Page Count: 20
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Abstract

This study of reporters for two daily newspaper in "Southeast City" focuses on the key organizational process of recruitment, socialization, and control, especially as they relate to the problem of media bias. Biased news coverage is found to be the product of a series of organizational processes which are structured to avoid conflict between reporters and their superiors. The Implications of this picture of the reporter-organization relationship (a picture which is far different from the one which has been presented in other media studies) are briefly explored.

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