Individual and Routine Forces in Gatekeeping

  title={Individual and Routine Forces in Gatekeeping},
  author={P. Shoemaker and Martin Eichholz and Eunyi Kim and B. Wrigley},
  journal={Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly},
  pages={233 - 246}
  • P. Shoemaker, Martin Eichholz, +1 author B. Wrigley
  • Published 2001
  • Sociology
  • Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly
  • Lewin's concept of “force” is explored in this study, which shows support for the proposition that newspaper gatekeeping is influenced more by forces on the routine level of analysis than by individual staff writers' characteristics. Newspaper stories about fifty Congressional bills were content analyzed, and two surveys were conducted of the stories' writers and of editors at their newspapers. No individual-level force was related to the quantity of coverage the bills received, whereas editors… CONTINUE READING
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