Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

From the Living Room to the Palm of Your Hand: How Television News Organizations Present a Presidential Election on Twitter Feeds versus T.V. Screens An Analysis of 2012 Presidential Election Coverage
by O'Connor, Madeleine, M.A., The George Washington University, 2013, 112; 1544233
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
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
Publication Number: 1544233
ISBN: 978-1-303-33789-5
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