Award Date

5-1-2014

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Journalism and Media Studies

Department

Journalism and Media Studies

First Committee Member

Stephen Bates

Second Committee Member

Gregory Borchard

Third Committee Member

Gary Larson

Fourth Committee Member

Robert Futrell

Number of Pages

109

Abstract

This thesis looks at why the media had and continues to have a fascination with the late rap artist Tupac Amaru Shakur. A content analysis of coverage from twelve newspaper publications was used to better understand the nature of the coverage on Shakur. Analysis of coverage after Shakur's death determines the tone of coverage varied from the coverage when the rapper was alive. The concept of moral panic explains media attitude.

Keywords

African Americans and mass media; Journalistic ethics; Moral panics; Shakur, Tupac,--1971-1996

Disciplines

Broadcast and Video Studies | Journalism Studies | Law | Sociology

Language

English


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