Degree Type

Thesis

Date of Award

2014

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication

First Advisor

Raluca Cozma

Abstract

Communication research has largely neglected a type of news organization whose editorial output has potentially far-reaching and indelible effects both on its receivers and its creators: student newspapers. In contrast, coverage of the presidential election cycle is widely studied by scholars. Drawing on scholarship on framing, sourcing, and bias in election coverage, this content analysis seeks to study student newspapers by examining them in the context of the 2012 presidential election. The analysis of college newspapers in three swing states found that election stories in these newspapers focus more on human interest and issue coverage than their professional counterparts, are more neutral in tone, and are more richly sourced.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/etd-180810-4834

Copyright Owner

Aimee Burch

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

56 pages

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