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dc.contributor.advisorWanta, Wayneeng
dc.contributor.authorPlatz, Maria, 1980-eng
dc.coverage.spatialIndianaeng
dc.coverage.spatialUnited Stateseng
dc.coverage.temporal2008eng
dc.coverage.temporal2001-2009eng
dc.coverage.temporal2000-2099eng
dc.date.issued2010eng
dc.date.submitted2010 Falleng
dc.descriptionTitle from PDF of title page (University of Missouri--Columbia, viewed on April 1, 2011).eng
dc.descriptionThe entire thesis text is included in the research.pdf file; the official abstract appears in the short.pdf file; a non-technical public abstract appears in the public.pdf file.eng
dc.descriptionThesis advisor: Dr. Wayne Wanta.eng
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references.eng
dc.descriptionM.A. University of Missouri--Columbia 2010.eng
dc.descriptionDissertations, Academic -- University of Missouri--Columbia -- Journalism.eng
dc.description.abstractThe goal of this study was to investigate the 2008 presidential election coverage of Indiana's two largest news publications - The Indianapolis Star and The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette - and determine if any statistically significant differences exist. Utilizing the theories of framing and second-level agenda setting, a content analysis focused on each newspaper's choice of topics, tone, story sources, and amount of coverage as applied to the Republican and Democratic presidential and vice presidential candidates. Each paper's national and local election articles - dated September 7th to November 4th - were analyzed and coded in accordance with the study's code guidebook. Results indicated that despite the geographical and ideological differences of each newspaper's respective audiences, both offered statistically similar coverage of the election. The principal conclusion drawn was that while coverage was similar, both newspapers lacked stories that discussed each candidates' stances on issues, as well as local and opinion articles. This void of substantial news coverage undermines a newspaper's vital function of providing citizens essential information to make educated voting decisions. Additionally, less substantive stories limit newspapers in their agenda-setting role.eng
dc.format.extentvi, 53 pageseng
dc.identifier.merlinb82192091eng
dc.identifier.oclc710060710eng
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10355/10544
dc.identifier.urihttps://doi.org/10.32469/10355/10544
dc.languageEnglisheng
dc.publisherUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
dc.relation.ispartof2010 Freely available theses (MU)eng
dc.relation.ispartofcommunityUniversity of Missouri-Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertations. Theses. 2010 Theseseng
dc.subject.lcshIndianapolis star (Indianapolis, Ind.)eng
dc.subject.lcshJournal-gazette (Fort Wayne, Ind.)eng
dc.subject.lcshPress and politicseng
dc.subject.lcshPresidents -- Election -- Press coverageeng
dc.subject.lcshPresidents -- Electioneng
dc.subject.lcshPolitical campaigns -- Historyeng
dc.subject.lcshUnited States -- Politics and governmenteng
dc.titleThe politics of election coverage: a content analysis of Indiana's two largest newspapers during the 2008 presidential electioneng
dc.typeThesiseng
thesis.degree.disciplineJournalism (MU)eng
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
thesis.degree.levelMasterseng
thesis.degree.nameM.A.eng


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