Master of Arts (MA)
Journalism and Media Studies
First Committee Member
Number of Pages
Sensationalism in journalism has been a topic of debate for centuries. Many critics charge that, in general, sensationalism dominates television news over public affairs reporting. However, a gap remains in the literature regarding whether there is an increase in sensationalism during ratings periods over non-ratings periods. This study examined the amounts of sensationalism/human interest stories and local public affairs reporting during those two periods. This study examined the four major local television news stations in Las Vegas: KVBC, KVVU, KLAS, and KTNV. Eight hypotheses were tested. The hypotheses posited that when comparing ratings periods to non-ratings periods, there would be more news time devoted to sensationalism and human interest stories, there would be more embedded sensationalism, and that sensational stories would appear earlier in newscasts.
Analysis; Comparing; Content; Local; News; Periods; Ratings; Sensationalism
Journalism; Mass media
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Sinner, Brittany Lee, "Sensationalism in local Tv news: A content analysis comparing ratings and non-ratings periods" (2005). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 1804.