Newsroom topic teams: Journalists' assessments of effects on news routines and newspaper quality

Kathleen A. Hansen, Mark Neuzil, Jean Ward

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Abstract

This study examines the effects of newsroom topic teams on news routines and newspaper quality. It is based on a census survey of journalists at the Star Tribune (Minneapolis) and the St. Paul Pioneer Press, which both instituted topic teams within six months of each other. Survey results are supplemented by focus group and written comments from journalists in these two Newspaper Guild newsrooms. The study finds that the effects of the team system on the news process and news quality have been mixed, but predominantly negative, in the assessment of these journalists.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)803-821
Number of pages19
JournalJournalism and Mass Communication Quaterly
Volume75
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1999

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