Master of Arts in Journalism and Media Studies
Journalism and Media Studies
First Committee Member
Daniel Stout, Chair
Second Committee Member
Third Committee Member
Graduate Faculty Representative
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This research contains a comparative and critical analysis of both civic and traditional journalism and the practices associated with the two models. In depth interviews were conducted with a total of nine respondents to explore their perspectives on the topic. Purposive sampling was employed to ensure the sample consisted solely of journalists and former journalists. From the data emerged five primary themes: Objectivity, Journalists as Problem Solvers, Confusion with the Term Civic Journalism, Journalists' Encouragement of Political Discourse and Deliberation, and Dedication to Traditional Journalism. Respondents overwhelmingly supported the notion of traditional journalism as the dominant model. There was support for some practices utilized by the civic journalism model, however, the values endemic to traditional journalism, remaining objective and detached, appeared to be a professional priority for the majority of the sample.
Activism; Advocacy; Communication and the arts; Detachment; Journalism — Objectivity; Journalism — Political aspects; Public journalism
Communication | Community-Based Research | Journalism Studies
Walters, Kendle, "Comparative and critical analysis: The roles of civic and traditional journalism" (2011). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 1377.