Giving in to gossip : an analysis of American news web sites during the first decade of the 21st century

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dc.contributor.advisor Chesebro, James W. Studinski, David P. en_US
dc.coverage.spatial n-us--- en_US 2011-06-09T15:32:34Z 2011-06-09T15:32:34Z 2009 en_US 2009
dc.description.abstract The central contention of this thesis is that an increase in image-focused or pseudo-event-focused hyperlinked-headlines is occurring on online news sites. This central contention contains at least three implications. First, holding that the newspaper is the epitome of traditional journalism, a crisis in the news industry is underway. The crisis began as a result of newspapers’ financial challenges posed by electronic media, but the growth of online news sites has accelerated and worsened conditions. Second, as a result of this dire financial situation, news outlets, collectively, are shifting focus from traditional journalism’s concept of news to a 1830s-era Penny Press sensationalism style, marked by human-interest pieces, entertainment fluff and celebrity gossip. Third, news is shifting away from the ironic reporting method and theory of detached observer to a more personally connected style of narrative storytelling, which, together with the aforementioned implications, signifies a cyclical cycle and consequential return to the colonial roots of the American press and its definition of news.
dc.description.sponsorship Department of Telecommunications
dc.description.tableofcontents The evolving crisis in the American news system -- Literature review of related topics -- Methodology -- Results : the news shift from event to image-based -- Discussion, limitations and recommendations for further study.
dc.format.extent 102 p. : digital, PDF file, col. ill. en_US
dc.source CardinalScholar 1.0 en_US
dc.subject.lcsh News Web sites--United States en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Sensationalism in journalism--United States
dc.subject.lcsh Journalism--Objectivity--United States
dc.title Giving in to gossip : an analysis of American news web sites during the first decade of the 21st century en_US Thesis (M.A.)
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