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A comparison of the editorial positions taken on three public issues in 1989 by 56 newspapers in the Gannett group with a matched set of 155 other newspapers finds that Gannett newspapers were more likely to take positions, but also less likely to vary in the positions taken. (Also, 72% of the Gannett newspapers responded to the survey of editors versus 52% of the matched set of editors queried.) The study did not seek to find evidence that the newspapers were influenced by higher headquarters, but does suggest a number of ways that subtle influences may work within groups.


NOTICE: This is the author’s final version of a work that was accepted for publication in Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published as:

Akhavan-Majid, Roya, Anita Rife, and Sheila Gopinath (1991) "Chain Ownership and Editorial Independence: A Case Study of Gannett Newspapers," Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, March 1991, Vol. 68, No. 1-2, pp. 59-66. DOI: 10.1177/107769909106800107



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