Title page for ETD etd-11152006-125034

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Rowley, Karen M.
URN etd-11152006-125034
Title Statewide Public Affairs Television: Expanding the C-Span Model to the State Level and Achieving Institutional Status in the Process
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Department Mass Communication
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
David Kurpius Committee Chair
Eileen Meehan Committee Member
James C. Garand Committee Member
Robert Kirby Goidel Committee Member
Carole L. Jurkiewicz Dean's Representative
  • state government
  • television
  • public affairs
  • statehouse
  • media
Date of Defense 2006-10-12
Availability unrestricted
A study of 10 states that have statewide public affairs television networks finds that these systems have become an integral part of the state governmental process in the same way that C-SPAN has become an institution in Washington, D.C. That is, lawmakers, legislative staff members, lobbyists, and statehouse reporters ignore it at their peril. At the same time, the content produced by these state versions of C-SPAN has altered the way in which the members of these groups do their jobs by providing a monitoring capacity that makes it easier for them to be more productive. This study uses a combination of qualitative and quantitative methodologies to examine data gathered through in-depth interviews with network managers and employees, legislative staff members, lobbyists, and statehouse reporters and through a national telephone survey that sought to determine if there was an audience for statewide public affairs television. The study seeks to expand the applicability of institutionalism theory by using it as the framework to examine statewide public affairs television through the lenses of civic engagement, policy-making, norms and routines, social network analysis, and diffusion of innovation.
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