Newsgathering in Washington: A Study in Political Communication

Newsgathering in Washington: A Study in Political Communication

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ISBN-13: 9781351502986
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 07/12/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 302
File size: 3 MB

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: Introduction
Information-dispensing and newsgathering in the nation's capital. Nature of research and analysis.

Chapter II, Information Officers & Newsmen: Political Communicators
The information officer and political communication. Newsmen and political communication.

Chapter III, Sources & Channels in Political Communication
A classification of news sources. A classification of news channels. Patterns and trends in communicator relations.

Chapter IV, External Influences on Political Communicators
Organizational influences. Alternative sources and channels. Audience perceptions. Personal friendships. Competence and confidence in the source-channel relationship.

Chapter V, The Source-Channel Relation: Patterns & Variables
The "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' Views
Expressed preferences of PIO's and newsmen. Appraisals of individual techniques. The institutionalizing of political communication.

Chapter VII, Significant Issues of Political Communication
The 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 & Press
Cooperation, 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 Analysis
Research 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


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