Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Willis M. Watt
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.
Copyright 1994 Rebecca Kiser
Kiser, Rebecca, "Changes in Hard and Soft News Content of Major Television Network Newscasts in the Middle 1980s" (1994). Master's Theses. 2466.