Title page for ETD etd-09242009-081657

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Honore, Lisa R.
URN etd-09242009-081657
Title An Analysis of the Social Networks of Local Television Reporters
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Department Mass Communication
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Kurpius, David D. Committee Chair
DeFleur, Margaret Committee Member
Goidel, Kirby Committee Member
Miller, Andrea Committee Member
Grey, Stephanie Houston Dean's Representative
  • broadcast
  • reporting
  • journalists
  • minority
  • news routines
  • sourcing
Date of Defense 2009-08-28
Availability unrestricted
This study analyzed the personal and professional networks of four local television reporters using social network analysis methodology. Network analysis was carried out to the tertiary level allowing examination of demographic data for 773 individuals in the reporter networks. Analysis was conducted through the lens of media norms and routines and the sociological principle of homophily that states people are more likely to associate with people like themselves. Using as a guide, norms and routines and homophily literature as well as studies about the portrayal of minorities, the study examines how the social networks of reporters can determine how communities of color will be covered by the media. The findings show that minority reporters who have lived in the community for an extended period of time are more likely to have the social networks that will lead to meaningful and substantive coverage of minority communities.
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