Disregard for Rules: A Cultural Study of a Student Newspaper Group

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Dr. Isolde Anderson, Hope College

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This study researched the organizational culture of a student-run newspaper at a small, Christian, liberal arts college. Aspects that were studied include the student involvement and commitment, interaction with each other, documents pertaining to the newspaper, and interviews with current staff, former staff, and the current faculty adviser in order to discover the real, working culture of the organization. Many of the staff hold similar views to each other, and are willing to comply with the restrictions that college administration puts on the paper. Members differ, however, in their regard for the rules and roles within the culture. The transient population leads to high turnover rates. Thus, implications for developing culture within a short-term work group are discussed.

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