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Dissertation - University Access Only
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Department / School
Donna J. Hess
The purpose of this research was to study the process involved in the setting of the news agenda by a daily newspaper. In this case study, interviews were conducted with the reporters, city editors, copy desk personnel, and top editors of a midwestern newspaper. The 31 interviews were combined with a content analysis and other indicators in an effort to identify the key factors involved in agenda setting. Five theoretical perspectives--socialization, shared news values, definition of the situation, exchange theory and dominant ideology--framed this study, and all were found, in a dynamic interactive process, to impact the agenda-setting process. In addition, this study was open to emergent themes and found that economic constraints, competition among media, and role taking by staff members played key parts in the agenda-setting process at the newspaper under study.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Journalism -- Political aspects
Journalism -- Social aspects
South Dakota State University
Williams, Elizabeth Evenson, "The Agenda-Setting Process of a Daily Newspaper: A Case Study" (1997). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 5905.