TITLE

A LONGITUDINAL STUDY OF U.S. NETWORK TV NEWSCASTS AND STRIKES: POLITICAL ECONOMY ON THE PICKET LINE

AUTHOR(S)
Harmo, Mark D.; Shu-Yueh Lee
PUB. DATE
September 2010
SOURCE
Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly;Autumn/Winter2010, Vol. 87 Issue 3/4, p501
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This research examined whether U.S. network TV newscasts over time have shown less strike coverage, even adjusting for lesser numbers of strikes. They did not, but fluctuated wildly based on when sports and other entertainment strikes occurred. The project indicated a strike-impact-on-consumers focus with an element of social class that also may be at play. Network TV coverage opted for more time devoted to higher-class effects (airline strikes) as opposed to lower-class effects (intercity bus strikes). These results suggest a more nuanced understanding of strike news beyond points raised by political economy theory and declining resources for coverage.
ACCESSION #
56520723

 

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