Journalists influence politicians through off-the-record talks, a study performed in Denmark finds. Camilla Dindler, of Aalborg University, came to the conclusion through a series of observations and interviews with both politicians and political journalists. The influence is mutual and not necessarily intentional, but informal talks help mold both the political and the journalistic agenda, she writes.
Dindler’s findings were published in an online first article of the journal Journalism. It can be accessed online through here (abstract public).