Title page for ETD etd-0415102-075822

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Vines, Emily Arnette
URN etd-0415102-075822
Title Is This Journalism?: A Study of Whether the Snapshots on the Front Page of USA Today Adhere to Journalistic Standards
Degree Master of Mass Communication (M.M.C.)
Department Mass Communication
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
John Maxwell Hamilton Committee Chair
David Perlmutter Committee Member
Xigen Li Committee Member
  • USA Today
  • journalistic standards
  • information graphics
Date of Defense 2002-03-22
Availability unrestricted
This thesis examined 22 Snapshots on the front-pages of USA Today from April 2001 to determine whether they adhered to the journalism standards of wholeness, accuracy, and credibility. Fourteen were found not whole, 8 were not accurate, and 3 were not credible according to the definitions of this thesis. The researcher compared the data in the Snapshots to the data obtained from the cited source and interviewed sources as well as a news assistant and graphics editor at USA Today. The researcher found four possible explanations for the poor quality of the Snapshots and examined the routines of Snapshot production, which she then compared to those of traditional journalists.
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