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Straight to the source : an exploratory study of Australia's regional newspaper journalists' checks on validity and accuracy of sources

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posted on 2008-01-01, 00:00 authored by Lisa Waller, K Hess
This paper reports on an exploratory study that examined whether journalists
undertake the vital role of checking the validity and accuracy of information
supplied to them in media releases. It also monitored how much information
journalists used from press releases in their published work. The study followed Gandy's information subsidy theory by surveying 10 local government media relations officers who regularly issued media releases via
electronic mail or facsimile to a sample of 14 rural/regional newspapers. The data analysed found that rural/regional journalists were not adequately verifying information supplied in media releases and using a significant amount of this information verbatim.

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Event

International Conference on Communication and Media (2008 : Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

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1 - 21

Publisher

University of Utara, Malaysia

Location

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Place of publication

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Start date

2008-06-14

End date

2008-06-16

Language

eng

Publication classification

E1 Full written paper - refereed

Copyright notice

2008, ICOME

Title of proceedings

ICOME 2008 : Communications and media : contemporary roles and challenges : Proceedings of the 2008 International Conference on Communication and Media

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