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About the Author
Dan D. Nimmo has been a professor of political science, journalism, and communication at various institutions, notably the University of Missouri, University of Tennessee, and the University of Oklahoma. His writings include The Political Pundits and The Political Persuaders.
Georgie Anne Geyer has been a foreign correspondent, an author and biographer, and a syndicated columnist for half a century, currently with Universal Press Syndicate. She is the author of Buying the Night Flight and When Cats Reigned Like Kings.
Table of Contents
Preface to the Transaction Edition
Chapter I, News Sources & Newsmen: IntroductionInformation-dispensing and newsgathering in the nation's capital. Nature of research and analysis.
Chapter II, Information Officers & Newsmen: Political CommunicatorsThe information officer and political communication. Newsmen and political communication.
Chapter III, Sources & Channels in Political CommunicationA classification of news sources. A classification of news channels. Patterns and trends in communicator relations.
Chapter IV, External Influences on Political CommunicatorsOrganizational influences. Alternative sources and channels. Audience perceptions. Personal friendships. Competence and confidence in the source-channel relationship.
Chapter V, The Source-Channel Relation: Patterns & VariablesThe "good" news source and the "good" newsman. News story values. Information and news as professional values. Performance judgments. Cooperation, compatibility, and competition.
Chapter VI, Tools of the Trade: The Practitioners' ViewsExpressed preferences of PIO's and newsmen. Appraisals of individual techniques. The institutionalizing of political communication.
Chapter VII, Significant Issues of Political CommunicationThe politics of secrecy and publicity. Press performance and political administrations. News definitions as interest conflict. The origin of government-press tension in the source-channel relationship.
Chapter VIII, The Source-Channel Relation between Government & PressCooperation, compatibility, and competition. Factors affecting the source-channel relationship. The significance of the institutional setting of source-channel relationships. Leadership in political communication: trends and implications.
Appendix I: Nature and Method of AnalysisResearch literature. The exploratory study. Sample selection and description. Interview phase. A note on statistical techniques.
Appendix II: PIO Interview Schedule
Appendix III: Newsman Interview Schedule