Title page for ETD etd-04112005-142536

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Kozman, Claudia
Author's Email Address ckozma1@lsu.edu
URN etd-04112005-142536
Title Baseball and Steroids in the News: How Politicians and Reporters Construct the News
Degree Master of Mass Communication (M.M.C.)
Department Mass Communication
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Timothy E. Cook Committee Chair
John Maxwell Hamilton Committee Member
Ralph Izard Committee Member
  • sources
  • comparison
  • news construction
  • sports
Date of Defense 2005-03-11
Availability unrestricted
This study is a content analysis of newspaper coverage of baseball and steroids. The data are a random sample from four newspapers: Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, and The Washington Post. The period under study consists of 77 weeks, from April 10th, 2003, to December 9th, 2004. The results supported four hypotheses and negated one. Analysis showed that the issue of baseball and steroids was not institution-driven news; it was the result of governmental action, events outside of government, and local interest. The number of stories rose after governmental action. It also rose after an event, but faded away quickly from the news. Other findings indicated that political reporters rely on government sources more than sports reporters do. They rely as heavily on sports and professional sources as they do on government sources. The results took the form of descriptive statistics. For statistical significance, the study used SPSS software to run an F-test and a paired-sample t-test.
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