Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School



The main purpose of this thesis is to try to give prospective weekly publishers some insight into the skills needed for one form of journalism, the weekly newspaper publishing business. The author will provide information about the educational backgrounds and practical experiences of 107 South Dakota weekly publishers. An attempt will be made to learn what has helped these publishers become successful journalists. The backgrounds of the state’s current weekly publishers will be analyzed to determine the extent of their formal educations and practical journalistic experiences. Results of this study indicated that South Dakota weekly publishers are, for the most part, in their most productive years as a group and are therefore capable of carrying out their occupational duties with a high degree of efficiency. However, about a fourth of the publishers will probably be ready to retire soon. Within the next decade or so, younger journalists will have opportunities to purchase their own papers as older publishers retire.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Newspaper publishing -- South Dakota
Journalism -- South Dakota
Community newspapers


Includes bibliographical references




South Dakota State University


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