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Towards a Theory of News Management in Public Sector Organizations
Umeå universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för socialt arbete.ORCID-id: 0000-0002-4540-5373
Umeå universitet, Humanistiska fakulteten, Institutionen för kultur- och medievetenskaper.
Umeå universitet, Humanistiska fakulteten, Institutionen för kultur- och medievetenskaper.ORCID-id: 0000-0001-9457-0335
2015 (Engelska)Ingår i: Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Management Leadership and Governance (ICMLG 2015) / [ed] Ingley, C, Lockhart, J, Reading: Academic Conferences Limited, 2015, s. 233-239Konferensbidrag, Publicerat paper (Refereegranskat)
Abstract [en]

This paper introduces a theoretical model for analyzing institutional conditions for news management in public sector organizations. In the wide body of empirical research covering public relations and news management, the distinction between private and public sector organization is seldom made. There is little theory development that explicitly takes account of the quite different contexts in public vs. private sector organizations. What are the specific circumstances that define news management practice in the public sector? How may such conditions vary between different types of public organizations?

In a first part, the paper traces the history of public relations in the public sector, acknowledging that public relations research has some of its deepest roots in political communication but that there has been less interest in the organizations that provide actual services or exercise authority. The paper continues to delineate major themes and approaches within traditional public relations theory, where researchers take the perspective of the agent who wants to promote its own interests.  We argue that there is need to discuss this topic in terms of a fundamental contradiction between two rationales: serving the public’s interest to learn about all sides of organizational activities (good and bad) on the one hand, and protecting the interest of the organization itself on the other. We propose a typology of three types of institutional conditions that are particularly vital for news management in public sector organizations:

  • Governance
  • Public interest
  • Transparency

Governance conditions relate to the involvement of politicians in executive decision-making; the role played by professionals; the degree of external competition and how organizational activities are monitored and audited. Transparency conditions relate to how clear the mission and activities appear; how visible organizational activities are to the public and the formal possibilities for management to control information. Public interest conditions relate to the general newsworthiness of organizational activities; how broadly organizational activities affect the public; the involvement of interest groups. The impact of these conditions will be illustrated by contrasting different types of public sector organizations in Sweden.

Ort, förlag, år, upplaga, sidor
Reading: Academic Conferences Limited, 2015. s. 233-239
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Proceedings of the International Conference on Management Leadership and Governance, ISSN 2049-6818
Nyckelord [en]
news management, public sector, governance, transparency, social work, school, police, public relations
Nyckelord [sv]
mediehantering, offentlig sektor, socialt arbete, socialförvaltningar, skola, gymnasieskola, polis, PR
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Medie- och kommunikationsvetenskap Sociologi
Forskningsämne
medie- och kommunikationsvetenskap; sociologi
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-94522ISI: 000380588400029ISBN: 978-1-910309-86-5 (tryckt)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-94522DiVA, id: diva2:754655
Konferens
3rd International Conference on Management Leadership and Governance (ICMLG), Massey Univ, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND, FEB 12-13, 2015.
Projekt
Mellan organisatoriskt egenintresse och offentlig insyn - mediehantering i socialtjänst, polis och skola
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VetenskapsrådetTillgänglig från: 2014-10-10 Skapad: 2014-10-10 Senast uppdaterad: 2018-06-07Bibliografiskt granskad

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