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dc.contributor.advisorRees, David, 1949-eng
dc.contributor.authorShaw, Richard F.eng
dc.date.issued2010eng
dc.date.submitted2010 Springeng
dc.descriptionTitle from PDF of title page (University of Missouri--Columbia, viewed on June 18, 2010).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.descriptionOne quicktime movie file.eng
dc.descriptionThesis advisor: David Rees.eng
dc.description.abstractNewspapers rely on content-based documentary photography to visually communicate current news events. As circulations declined in the mid-1980s, media owners persuaded editors into mixing traditional hard news on their front pages with reader-friendly soft news features. Content-based visual journalism was challenged by the encroachment of visual fluff, altering the character projected to readers. Today, newspapers struggle to evolve into online "news organizations" and visual journalism competes with entertainment, advertising, and marketing to attract viewers. The central question for the future is, will the marketing pressure continue to dilute visual journalism and overload viewers with visual distractions? And, how will design and organization influence the viewers' perception of credibility? Through a series of elicitation interviews, this research examined how the visual choices that online newspapers make - their "visual character" - influence audience perceptions of news credibility. The responses showed that readers' perceptions of credibility are influenced by the visual content on a newspaper Web site. The study participants gauged credibility based on factors like photography use, competing advertising, and design organization. The study also found that linking visual branding to the newspaper print version could add to credibility.eng
dc.description.bibrefIncludes bibliographical referenceseng
dc.format.extentvii, 136 pageseng
dc.identifier.merlinb79430545eng
dc.identifier.oclc649036697eng
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10355/8076
dc.identifier.urihttps://doi.org/10.32469/10355/8076eng
dc.languageEnglisheng
dc.publisherUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
dc.relation.ispartofcommunityUniversity of Missouri-Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertations. Theses. 2010 Theseseng
dc.rightsOpenAccess.eng
dc.rights.licenseThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 License.
dc.subject.lcshOnline journalismeng
dc.subject.lcshElectronic newspaperseng
dc.subject.lcshVisual communicationeng
dc.subject.lcshJournalism, Pictorialeng
dc.subject.lcshPhotojournalismeng
dc.subject.lcshJournalism -- Objectivityeng
dc.subject.lcshJournalism -- Social aspectseng
dc.subject.lcshPublic interesteng
dc.titleOnline newspapers' visual character and perceptions of credibilityeng
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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