Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Award Date

1962

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Journalism

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to attempt to determine in what degree 10 of the nation’s “best” newspapers met their responsibility to spread knowledge deeply in their coverage of a leading story in Newburgh, NY. Newburgh’s city manager and council attempted to implement a 13-point welfare program that would require welfare recipients to collect their checks at a police station amongst other mandates. Critics argued that this unfairly targeted the black minority. One must question how responsible was press coverage of the Newburgh welfare story? For the purpose of this study, a period of two months was selected on the ground it was a peak period of interest in the Newburgh case. The study indicated that Schramm’s concept of fairness, “seeing the other fellow’s position and presenting it adequately with charity and kindness in the Judeo-Christian tradition” is a goal yet to be achieved. The study also indicated, however, that members of reportorial staffs and their immediate supervisory editors were progressing in the effort to achieve Schramm’s goal of social responsibility; coworkers writing the editorials appeared to lag somewhat in that effort.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Communication
Journalism

Description

Includes bibliographical references

Format

application/pdf

Publisher

South Dakota State University

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