Title page for ETD etd-07082005-164140

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Allen, Cleo Joffrion
Author's Email Address calle12@lsu.edu
URN etd-07082005-164140
Title Foreign News Coverage in Selected U.S. Newspapers 1927-1997: A Content Analysis
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Department Mass Communication
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
John M. Hamilton Committee Chair
Ralph Izard Committee Co-Chair
James Garand Committee Member
Melvin DeFleur Committee Member
Michael Grimes Dean's Representative
  • foreign news
  • foreign coverage
  • content analysis
  • gatekeeping
  • news focus
  • patterns of coverage
Date of Defense 2005-05-17
Availability unrestricted
This content analysis was designed to examine, in a single longitudinal study, trends in the quantity and kinds of world news coverage in selected U.S. newspapers during times of relative peace. Using complementary proportion and absolute-item frequencies, two constructed weeks in 1927, 1947, 1977, and 1997 in three newspapers, 168 issues in all, were analyzed. The findings indicate that the percentage of foreign news coverage compared to non-foreign coverage in the three newspapers actually increased between 1927 and 1997. The amount of foreign coverage spiked in 1947 and then started to decline. But even with the decline, coverage by proportion in 1997 was still significantly higher than in 1927. On the other hand, a negative relationship was found in front-page foreign coverage in the three newspapers comparing 1927 with 1977 and 1997. A positive relationship was found in front-page coverage for 1947. Results for front-page coverage were significant for 1947 and 1977.
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