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2009

Iowa State University

Content analysis

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Ethanol In The Media Agenda: The Life Cycle Of An Issue In Different Geographic Areas, Shoshana Esther Hebshi Jan 2009

Ethanol In The Media Agenda: The Life Cycle Of An Issue In Different Geographic Areas, Shoshana Esther Hebshi

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The rise of ethanol as a fuel alternative has come with much controversy over its true benefits. Much of this debate has been played out in the media. This study aims to determine patterns in media coverage of ethanol through a content analysis of reports published from 1999 to 2008 in three newspapers whose respective service areas exhibit different dispositions about the topic--the Des Moines Register, the Houston Chronicle and the Fresno Bee. The study also aimed to expand on the attributes of coverage within each identified phase of the coverage cycle

The study found only one cycle of pre-hoopla ...


The Influence Of Media Frames On The Public's Perception Of Biofuels, Shin-Heng Chang Jan 2009

The Influence Of Media Frames On The Public's Perception Of Biofuels, Shin-Heng Chang

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

This study analyzes the frames Iowa newspapers used to report on the biofuels issue, and examines the extent to which these media frames are present in the way audience members understand this important topic. Do the frames people hold about the topic match the ones found in the newspaper coverage? Is the valence of media coverage congruent with the orientation of public opinion?

A content analysis of news articles about biofuels from three newspapers--the Des Moines Register, the Cedar Rapids Gazette and the Davenport Quad City Times--published over a one-year period was conducted to determine media frames. A mail survey ...


How Iowa Newspapers Mirror And Shape The Attitudes And Opinions Of Iowans About Immigration, Patti Brown Jan 2009

How Iowa Newspapers Mirror And Shape The Attitudes And Opinions Of Iowans About Immigration, Patti Brown

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

With heightened concerns for national safety since the September 11 terrorist attacks and with more than 12 million foreign nationals who lack proper entry documentation residing in the United States, stories about illegal immigration has been among the top news stories. Using the both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies, including content analysis, case study, and opinion research polling conducted by researchers at the University of Iowa, this study (1) explores framing effects as an independent variable and posits that media frames can find their way into and thus influence audience frames; (2) examines how three community newspapers covered complex and ...