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In Search Of State Government: The Lack Of State Legislative Coverage In Local Television News, German Adolfo Alvarez 2010 Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College

In Search Of State Government: The Lack Of State Legislative Coverage In Local Television News, German Adolfo Alvarez

LSU Master's Theses

This study examines how the institutional characteristics of local television news stations affect the stations’ coverage of state legislative news. Focusing on the state of Louisiana, the researcher conducts in-depth interviews with news workers from the seven media markets in the state. The interviews were focused toward the decision makers in the newsroom in order to examine the process that determines the newscast the audience receives. The interview discussions centered on the news making process. In addition, the interviews focused explicitly on the effect of proximity to the state capitol; coverage of state level news versus community level or national ...


The Effects Of Comedic Media Criticism On Media Producers, Lindsay Nicole Newport 2010 Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College

The Effects Of Comedic Media Criticism On Media Producers, Lindsay Nicole Newport

LSU Master's Theses

Leaning heavily on the media criticism and soft news literatures, the study analyzed comedic media criticism and the effect (if any) it has on the practices of media producers by studying a early 2009 exchange between The Daily Show host Jon Stewart and Mad Money with Jim Cramer host Jim Cramer. In the exchange, Stewart criticized the financial advice Cramer doles out on Mad Money, suggesting that Cramer perhaps knowingly leads his viewers astray with ill-advised stock tips. A quantitative content analysis of claims (N=510) pulled from Mad Money transcripts both before and after Stewart’s criticism of Cramer ...


Refugees As People: The Portrayal Of Refugees In American Human Interest Stories, Sarah Steimel 2010 University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Refugees As People: The Portrayal Of Refugees In American Human Interest Stories, Sarah Steimel

Papers in Communication Studies

This study combines discourse analysis and narrative analysis (Yin 2007) to examine top US newspapers’ coverage of refugees in American human interest stories. I find that the refugees are presented (a) as prior victims; (b) as in search of the American Dream; and (c) as unable to achieve the American Dream. As human-interest features, the stories provide a largely positive portrayal of individual refugees and their families. However, the human interest stories also depict refugees as current victims of the American economic crisis; deeply frustrated by their inability to achieve the American Dream. Together these discourses represent a narrative of ...


Press Independence In Newspaper Coverage Of The 2009 Health Care Debate, Matthew Holt Barnidge 2010 Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College

Press Independence In Newspaper Coverage Of The 2009 Health Care Debate, Matthew Holt Barnidge

LSU Master's Theses

This study examines press independence from the government in the 2009 national health care debate. Through a content analysis examining source expressions, or the words journalists attribute to various people in the news, the study captures the essence of the discourse represented in the news about the debate. This paper also outlines a distinction between various types of autonomy, and offers a new conceptualization of independence. Procedural autonomy, which is autonomy in journalistic norms and routines, does not necessarily result in content autonomy, which is autonomy of viewpoints expressed in the news. In other words, if non-governmental sources say substantially ...


The Role Of Personal Relevance And Mood On The Persuasive Impact Of Gain And Loss Frames In Advertising Messages About A Vaccine Against Alcohol Addiction, Shreyas Ghuge 2010 Iowa State University

The Role Of Personal Relevance And Mood On The Persuasive Impact Of Gain And Loss Frames In Advertising Messages About A Vaccine Against Alcohol Addiction, Shreyas Ghuge

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Many recent theories applied in advertising studies have made some key predictions regarding the intensity and direction of one's involvement after exposure to an advertised message. Most lament that the often conflicting conceptual definitions and measures of involvement make it quite difficult for advertising researchers to examine this construct.

The study seeks to contribute to the understanding of the effects of message framing based on the extent to which audiences find health communication messages to be personally relevant. The study does not argue that framing may have other effects. For example, when comparing uncertain and cautious choices, it seems ...


The Act Of Raising Donors: An Assessment Of Fund-Raising Stewardship Practices In Healthcare Institutions, Megan Lee Moses 2010 Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College

The Act Of Raising Donors: An Assessment Of Fund-Raising Stewardship Practices In Healthcare Institutions, Megan Lee Moses

LSU Master's Theses

The concept of stewardship within fund raising literature stems from the public relations theories of relationship management, which involve maintaining mutually beneficial relationships between an organization and its publics. With the current economic crisis, non-profit organizations see the need to focus more time and attention on maintaining and fostering relationships with existing donors, and therefore, the idea of stewardship stands an area of great interest to scholars and fund-raising practitioners alike. This study seeks to evaluate the role and formalization of stewardship in the fund-raising process, the current tactics practitioners use to practice stewardship, and better understand the limitations to ...


The Immigrant, The Native Son, And The Ambassador: The Transnational Travels Of "Godzilla", "Speed Racer", And "Akira", Amber Shandling Cohen 2010 College of William & Mary - Arts & Sciences

The Immigrant, The Native Son, And The Ambassador: The Transnational Travels Of "Godzilla", "Speed Racer", And "Akira", Amber Shandling Cohen

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

No abstract provided.


Anime In America, Disney In Japan: The Global Exchange Of Popular Media Visualized Through Disney's "Stitch", Nicolette Lucinda Pisha 2010 College of William & Mary - Arts & Sciences

Anime In America, Disney In Japan: The Global Exchange Of Popular Media Visualized Through Disney's "Stitch", Nicolette Lucinda Pisha

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

No abstract provided.


Ua1b1/1/2 An Evening With A Scientist And A Newspaper Man, WKU University Archives 2010 WKU University Archives

Ua1b1/1/2 An Evening With A Scientist And A Newspaper Man, Wku University Archives

WKU Archives Collection Inventories

Rodes-Helm lecture by Harry Gray and James Ausenbaugh entitled An Evening with A Scientist and a News Man moderated by Lowell Harrison. The lecture format allows each speaker 20 minutes to present his/her topic, response time to each other and ends with a question / answer session from the audience.

Dr. Harry Gray, a leading authority in the field of solar energym, fears that science is advancing so fast on so many fronts that the public can't keep up. More specifically, he worries that the news media's ability - or commitment - to help keep the public informed is limited ...


Ua68/3/2/1 Forensic Story, WKU University Archives 2010 Western Kentucky University

Ua68/3/2/1 Forensic Story, Wku University Archives

WKU Archives Collection Inventories

Audiotape regarding the restablishment of the William Biven Forensic Society.


What Content Makes People Want To Use Sports Websites?, Cara Francesca De Carlo 2010 Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College

What Content Makes People Want To Use Sports Websites?, Cara Francesca De Carlo

LSU Master's Theses

This study looked at sports websites to see how the variables information, humor, entertainment, community, and credibility affected sports website users’ intentions to use and re-use sports websites. Three groups of 25 and one group of 30 participants each completed a website viewing activity and corresponding survey. There were four website viewing activities (one for each group). The activities led participants on tours of ESPN.com, Deadspin.com, Football Outsiders, and Yahoo! Sports. Furthermore, the tours were designed to expose participants to the variables (as defined under disposition theory and uses and gratifications). Likewise, the corresponding survey assessed participants’ intentions ...


Knowledge Gap And Cable Music Television: A Survey Of Mtv, Bet, And H1 Target Audience Members, Katharine Claire Gavin 2010 Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College

Knowledge Gap And Cable Music Television: A Survey Of Mtv, Bet, And H1 Target Audience Members, Katharine Claire Gavin

LSU Master's Theses

American youth and adolescents have the highest rate of teenage pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections in the industrialized world. Entertainment media, the preferred genre of today’s adolescents, depicts sex, drugs, and alcohol use at a greater rate than any other genre of programming. What are health communication strategists doing to counter the widespread, inaccurate portrayals often depicted in this type of programming? With previous knowledge gap and health communication research failing to examine youth oriented and racial targeted entertainment programming, this study utilizes a survey to analyze BET, MTV, and VH1 audiences’ health knowledge, recall, and attitude toward PSAs ...


"Blessed Be The Critics Of Newspapers": Journalistic Criticism Of Journalism 1865-1930, Yasmine Tarek Dabbous 2010 Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College

"Blessed Be The Critics Of Newspapers": Journalistic Criticism Of Journalism 1865-1930, Yasmine Tarek Dabbous

LSU Doctoral Dissertations

This study examined journalistic press criticism between 1865 and 1930. It sought to understand how the first modern journalists conceived of their profession in a period of great transitions. As the study revealed, journalists writing about journalism between 1865 and 1930 discussed recurring themes such as commercialization, sensationalism, advertising, and ethics. They expressed ambivalence toward the rise of big business in their field and the consequences it could have on the quality of the work. In the process, journalists also defined journalism as a profession providing a public service or as a business aiming solely for circulation and profit. Definitions ...


Evaluating Different Health Communicatioin Theories To Deter College Binge Drinking: A Look At Promising Directions For Future Research, Kristen Meyer Sunde 2010 Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College

Evaluating Different Health Communicatioin Theories To Deter College Binge Drinking: A Look At Promising Directions For Future Research, Kristen Meyer Sunde

LSU Master's Theses

ABSTRACT

For more than 30 years, college administrators and health communicators have used binge drinking prevention campaigns on university campuses to deter students from this dangerous and life-threatening habit.

Despite the prevalence of such campaigns (Wechsler, Seibring, Liu & Ahl, 2004), binge drinking remains the top public health threat for this population (Wechsler, Dowdall, Davenport, & Castillo, 1995).

In this study, the researcher conducted an experiment using fear appeals to see if these messages were more effective than social norms messages, which are often used in college binge drinking prevention campaigns (Real & Rimal, 2007), at prompting higher message credibility and intentions to ...


Framing Jewell: A Discourse Analysis Of Newspaper Coverage In The Aftermath Of The Atlanta Olympics Bombing And Discussion Of Legal And Ethical Standards For Such Practices, Anne L. Songy 2010 Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College

Framing Jewell: A Discourse Analysis Of Newspaper Coverage In The Aftermath Of The Atlanta Olympics Bombing And Discussion Of Legal And Ethical Standards For Such Practices, Anne L. Songy

LSU Master's Theses

This study examines the newspaper coverage of Richard Jewell during the weeks after the 1996 Atlanta Olympics bombing. Jewell, a security guard working in the Olympic Park on July 27, 1996, was initially hailed as a hero due to his discovery of a bomb minutes before the explosion. After Jewell’s name was leaked to the press as an FBI person of interest in the case, many reporters began to frame Jewell in a negative light and, in some instances, even implied his guilt. Through a discourse analysis of news stories published between the date of the bombing and the ...


Gender Violence In The Twilight Phenomenon: A Feminist, Meenakshi Durham 2009 University of Iowa

Gender Violence In The Twilight Phenomenon: A Feminist, Meenakshi Durham

Meenakshi Gigi Durham

No abstract provided.


Family Media Education For The Net Generation, Alice Lee 2009 Hong Kong Baptist University

Family Media Education For The Net Generation, Alice Lee

Dr. LEE, Alice

In the Web 2.0 age, the young people are growing up digital and the Internet becomes the essential part of their lives. This paper discusses the importance of family media education in this new age. The paper has three objectives: (1) analyzes the characteristics and media use of the Net Generation; (2) explores the role of parents in their online activities; (3) puts forward a family media education model “ARTICLE” for the Internet age. The model includes components of attitude, replacement, timetable, information, family communication, family online linkage and media ethics.


The Aims Of Public Scholarship In Media Law And Ethics, Erik Ugland 2009 Marquette University

The Aims Of Public Scholarship In Media Law And Ethics, Erik Ugland

Erik Ugland

No abstract provided.


Contextual And Audience Moderators Of Channel Selection And Message Reception Of Public Health Information In Routine And Crisis Situations, Elizabeth Avery 2009 University of Tennessee - Knoxville

Contextual And Audience Moderators Of Channel Selection And Message Reception Of Public Health Information In Routine And Crisis Situations, Elizabeth Avery

Elizabeth Johnson Avery

A richer understanding of audience channel selection and message reception during routine and crisis situations through receiver-oriented research offers great promise to extend situational theory's predictive utility. Key variables of situational theory, including involvement, constraint, and problem recognition in information seeking and processing may be moderated by broader demographic and contextual factors in consumption of health information. Thus, situational theory frames this analysis of channels most important for public use in routine and crisis contexts in health information seeking, differences in preferences between contexts, and the criteria publics apply when evaluating the quality of health information. Results of a ...


Photojournalism: Historical Dimensions To Contemporary Debates, Bonnie Brennen 2009 Marquette University

Photojournalism: Historical Dimensions To Contemporary Debates, Bonnie Brennen

Bonnie Brennen

No abstract provided.


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