Master's Theses

Date of Award

Fall 1994

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Communication Studies

Advisor

Willis M. Watt

Abstract

In the last decade, there has been a tendency for the three major television network newscasts to increase the amount of soft news. Soft news is defined as any story that focuses on a human interest topic, feature, or non-policy event. A content analysis of the Vanderbilt Television News Abstracts comparing 1973 through 1976 with 1983 through 1986 shows all three networks did slightly increase the amount of soft news in the middle 1980s. It was, however, a small increase.

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Copyright 1994 Rebecca Kiser

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