How Does the Media Report on Government Performance?

Schiffel, L. and K. Smith, How does the media report on government performance?, Journal of Government Financial Management, Fall 2006, 18-23.

6 Pages Posted: 24 Jan 2017

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Ottalee Schiffel

SUNY at Geneseo

Ken Smith

School Accountability Group

Date Written: January 22, 2006

Abstract

While we have witnessed much success in the development and use of performance measures,adversarial journalism is one reason government managers do not publicly report their performance. The Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) argues that communicating both financial and nonfinancial performance results to the public is an integral part of accountability. Our concerns is that most managers assume media coverage will be unfair, inaccurate or incomplete. This assumption colors their decision on whether to share nonfinancial performance results with the media. The result is a restricted flow of information to the citizenry. Specifically, we seek to answer three questions:

1) How often to newspapers publish stories about government performance?,

2) How accurate is the reporting?, and

3) What is the tone of the articles? We conclude our article with suggestions for managers.

Keywords: media, newspaper, government performance

JEL Classification: D73, H10, H70, H83, M38, M41, R50

Suggested Citation

Schiffel, Ottalee and Smith, Kenneth A., How Does the Media Report on Government Performance? (January 22, 2006). Schiffel, L. and K. Smith, How does the media report on government performance?, Journal of Government Financial Management, Fall 2006, 18-23. , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2903632 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2903632

Ottalee Schiffel (Contact Author)

SUNY at Geneseo ( email )

Geneseo, NY 14454
United States

Kenneth A. Smith

School Accountability Group ( email )

5819 Sorrento St
Salem, OR 97306
United States
503-428-0994 (Phone)

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