Public information officers exert increasing controls

Carolyn S. Carlson, David Cuillier

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Journalists have long experienced a love-hate relationship with government public information officers (PIOs) in setting the public agenda, particularly at the federal level. Three surveys of journalists and PIOs examined whether government controls impact journalists’ gatekeeping roles. Results indicated that journalists felt PIO controls are increasing, that reporters covering federal agencies express the most frustration, and that PIOs at the federal level indicate the greatest need for controls over journalists.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)198-214
Number of pages17
JournalNewspaper Research Journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 2017


  • Society of Professional Journalists
  • United States
  • agenda setting
  • correlation and regression analysis
  • media management
  • multimedia
  • newspaper
  • quantitative
  • survey

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication


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