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public affairs, the press, newsman, diplomacy, US State Department, journalism


Communication | International Relations | Journalism Studies | Political Science | Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration


The ensuing study is an exploration of the newsman-information officer relationship in the Bureau of Public Affairs, Department of State. It hypothesizes that newsmen and information officers are at variance as to the conception of their own and the other's proper role. In consequence, the relationship is best characterized as one of inherent conflict. To test this hypothesis three factors were isolated for study: 1) actor's concepts of functions and purpose, 2) attitudes toward techniques of information dissemination and gathering , 3) attitudes toward salient issues of the press-government relationship.