14

Does specialization matter? How journalistic expertise explains differences in health-care coverage

Michael W. Wagner     School of Journalism and Mass Communication and Department of Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

Abstract

Does journalists' level of specialization affect whether they view a topic as newsworthy? Does specialization affect the kind of story (hard news vs feature) journalists believe a topic merits? This chapter articulates a theory of journalism practice predicting that reporters who specialize in health-care journalism will evaluate potential health-care stories in fundamentally different ways than general assignment reporters. Analysis of an original web-based survey (N = 733) of journalists, 109 of whom ...

Get Meeting Health Information Needs Outside Of Healthcare now with O’Reilly online learning.

O’Reilly members experience live online training, plus books, videos, and digital content from 200+ publishers.