Local newspapers, House members, and source usage

Brian J. Fogarty
2012 The Social science journal (Fort Collins)  
In this paper, I examine the information sources local newspapers use to cover House members outside of election seasons. Sources matter as they are key actors in the production of the news product, and can introduce both intended and unintended bias. The focus here is on the sources local newspapers use when they search out independent information about members and their actions. Political communication research has established the structure of source usage by the national-level media. Even
more » ... evel media. Even though House members rely on the local media to communicate with constituents, little thought and effort has been devoted to uncovering and understanding source usage on the local-level. I find that local news stories on members typically include multiple, official, and nonlocal sources.
doi:10.1016/j.soscij.2011.03.001 fatcat:gzyulq6bnncxjagj3a2orhlp5y