MEDIA CONCENTRATION AND LOCAL, WEEKLY NEWSPAPERS: A CASE STUDY
The growing concentration in ownership of media businesses by fewer corporations is well documented. Critics debate how concentration affects the press in its role in the public sphere of a democratic society. Additionally, as one of the most local sources of news, weekly newspapers hold a unique and important place in citizens'news consumption in the democratic public sphere. This thesis looks at how media concentration affects the local weekly newspaper as a local news source and as a part of the local public sphere. It attempts to determine if the negative effects predicted by critics of media concentration are evident to readers of a local, weekly newspaper or if any of the possible positive outcomes of group ownership are evident. The study includes a content analysis of select issues and in-depth interviews with readers of a weekly newspaper, the Oxford Press, distributed in Oxford, Ohio.
School Location:USA - Ohio
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:newspapers weekly media concentration public sphere content analysis interviews
Date of Publication:01/01/2008