MA (Master of Arts)
Date of Award
Committee Chair or Co-Chairs
Robert A. Dunn
Andrew F. Herrmann, Stephen W. Marshall
The researcher sought to understand the differences in framing used by alternative media outlets and traditional or mainstream media outlets. A sampling of articles about the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks was used from alternative and traditional media publications to conduct this study. These articles were analyzed by a software program to determine themes and concepts within both data sets. The analysis revealed traditional media was less varied in themes than was alternative media, with the latter clearly showing an effort to be. Traditional media was found to provide routine coverage of commemorative services and very little critical analysis. Further highlighting the differences in the 2 media paradigms was the use of profanity in alternative media, which was discovered by using the "find" function available with word processing software.
Thesis - unrestricted
Barber, Rex Edward Jr., "Alternative vs. Traditional News: A Content Analysis of News Coverage of the 10th Anniversary of Sept. 11" (2012). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 1439. https://dc.etsu.edu/etd/1439
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