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ERIC Number: ED308527
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Aug-13
Pages: 21
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Study of a Riot: The Effect of News Values and Competition on Coverage by Two Competing Daily Newspapers.
Sylvie, George
A study examined the effect of news values, source types, and competition on coverage of a 1988 urban riot in Shreveport, Louisiana. The final editions of "The Times" of Shreveport and the "Shreveport Journal" which appeared over the four-day period of a riot were analyzed and the content of each story was categorized. Results indicated: (1) both newspapers used more "unknown" than "known" sources; (2) the larger circulation paper--"The Times"--used a greater diversity of sources than the smaller circulation paper; (3) the newspaper coverage emphasized manifestations of discontent rather than analyzing the causes of the protest; (4) coverage tended to have more of an order-authority orientation rather than an issue-orientation; (5) the larger circulation paper devoted more coverage to order issues than the smaller circulation paper; and (6) there was no significant difference in the intensity of coverage. Findings appear to indicate that news values of conflict and of order, as well as competitive and market factors, exert some degree of influence. Findings also suggest that such influences win out regardless of the predominant usage of one type of news source. (Twenty-one notes are included, and two tables of data are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Louisiana