The Washington, DC Media Corps in the 21st Century: The by Lea Hellmueller (auth.)

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44). Not only do people’s cultural orientations influence their view of other cultures, but they also guide their interaction patterns. Given that more than three million minority-owned US businesses employ nearly five million workers (Neuliep, 2003), communicating with people from different cultures in an organizational context represents a daily challenge, where culture acts as a perceptual filter that affects the interpretation of verbal and nonverbal messages. Most important, in a journalism context, perceptions of sources are shaped through cultural filters, because no message is interpreted apart from Correspondents’ Perceptions and Interactions 29 its source (J.

38 The Washington, DC Media Corps in the 21st Century Source Credibility and Perceived Homophily Based on the literature, it was assumed that perceived homophily with a political source will produce more positive perceptions of source credibility. 8). Second, the results also provide an argument for the perception of credibility and its importance of shaping the tone or valence of the source in the news story. 001 for US Washington correspondents. 05 level. 001 level. 05 level. 001 level. 35** Correspondents’ Perceptions and Interactions 39 The study found support for a positive relationship between journalists’ perceptions of a politician’s credibility and favorable portrayal of the same political source in news content.

18 The Washington, DC Media Corps in the 21st Century performance, such as the journalists’ foreign status limiting their access to White House press conferences. However, subjective factors such as cultural background are becoming part of their journalism culture, shaping their daily job duties. Based on correspondents’ perceptions and interpretations, this chapter further investigates how those cognitive-level variables influence the interactions between correspondents and politicians in the 21st century.

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