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ERIC Number: ED095574
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Aug
Pages: 30
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The Social and Political Effects of Locally-Produced Television Documentaries: A Case Study of WHAS-TV, Louisville, Kentucky.
Fielder, Virginia Dodge
This paper is a case study of a documentary produced by WHAS-TV entitled "Louisville: Open City?" The purposes behind the documentary are examined, and an attempt is made to evaluate whether these purposes were achieved. More importantly, this paper illustrates the social and political changes which can result when a locally-produced documentary examines a significant community problem. Judging from this case study, a locally-produced documentary can contribute substantially to the understanding of some community problem and even help eliminate that problem. Several factors appear to enhance the probability that the documentary will be influential. First, a strong case must be made within the documentary itself that there is a significant community problem, and solutions for that problem should be advanced. Second, the initial documentary should be supported by subsequent news reports on related issues. Third, public officials must be motivated into taking appropriate action on the issues involved. Finally, the station must be committed enough to its public service responsibility to withstand the pressures and criticisms which may follow a documentary attacking existing political and social structures. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Kentucky (Louisville)