This paper examines coverage of the 2012 presidential election by television news organizations on Twitter and their legacy medium. Motivated by the possibility that those who are not interested in politics might pick up relevant political information from the individuals or news organization they follow, this study found that tweets about the election by CBS, CNN, ABC, MSNBC, NBC, and FNN were nearly devoid of substantive political information. This research will be important as news consumption habits continue to evolve and the Twitter audience continues to grow, it is important that we understand the content that is being put forward through these mediums. This will help to evaluate the democratic value of news content in terms of its role in informing the American public.
|Advisor:||Gross, Kimberly A.|
|Commitee:||Hindman, Matthew, May, Albert L.|
|School:||The George Washington University|
|Department:||Media and Public Affairs|
|School Location:||United States -- District of Columbia|
|Source:||MAI 52/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Journalism, Web Studies, Mass communications|
|Keywords:||Election, Media, News, Presidential, Television, Twitter|
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