Award Date

12-1-2013

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Journalism and Media Studies

First Committee Member

Lawrence Mullen

Second Committee Member

Gregory Borchard

Third Committee Member

Paul Traudt

Fourth Committee Member

David Dickens

Number of Pages

188

Abstract

Trust in news media has been considered an important base for social order and cohesion in society and is a crucial variable for evaluating news media. Media credibility has been questioned by the audience for some time and the audience's trust in the media has been slowly diminishing over the years. When a news broadcaster communicates a story on local television news, it is possible for his own opinions to leak through nonverbal communication, specifically facial expressions. This thesis explores the six local Las Vegas television news stations' anchors and reporters to visually analyze whether facial characteristics reveal media bias while reporting the news.

Keywords

Content Analysis; Facial Expression; Las Vegas News; Mass media – Objectivity; Media Bias; Nevada – Las Vegas; Nonverbal Bias; Nonverbal Communication; Television broadcasting of news; Television news anchors

Disciplines

Broadcast and Video Studies | Communication | Journalism Studies | Mass Communication | Sociology

Language

English


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