School of Communications students have been honored with invitations
to travel to Indianapolis in April 15-17 to present their research
at the National Conferences for Undergraduate Research at Indiana
University - Purdue.
is involved in two of the projects. Shavanna Jagrup, Ellen Lawton
and Nathan Ritz will also present their work.
Ritz will present "The Black News Agenda? A Content Analysis
of BET Nightly News." Using agenda setting theory as a guide,
they completed a content analysis of a month of news programming
airing on BET Nightly News and CBS Evening News. They coded 941
elements of programming, then looked at story topics, position in
newscast, presence of news slant, racial composition of the newscasts
and advertising content of the newscasts. There were significant
differences between the two programs, including in the positioning
of stories in the newscasts, in the slant regarding racially related
stories, inthe topics of stories selected for coverage and in the
race of those selected as interviewees. BET Nightly News and CBS
Evening News are owned by the same parent company, Viacom, and produced
in the same location so the data also presents interesting findings
related to how resources were shared. Lawton and Ritz worked with
faculty mentor Connie Book on this project.
present "An Examination of the Women Featured in Broadcasting
and Cable's 'Fifth Estater,' 1992-2003." Broadcasting and Cable
is the most significant publication in its industry. Each week its
editors select an outstanding broadcaster to showcase in a column
titled "Fifth Estater." Content analysis was used to examine
the people selected for this honor over a 10-year period. Units
of content analysis included race, education, type of medium where
employed (radio, television, cable or satellite), the number of
positions held before recognition in the column and a host of personal
issues (married, divorced or children). The careers of showcased
women in broadcasting were presented in a different way than men
in several regards, including the listing of education level, number
of positions held before recognition, type of medium where employed,
and whether they married or divorced or have children. Little's
research analysis includes several recommendations to increase the
opportunity for women to reach decision-making status within the
broadcasting industry. Her work was also mentored by Book.
team with Shavanna Jagrup to present "Imagining the Internet:
A Retrospective Study." This content study documents the expectations
of stakeholders and skeptics in the boom days of the Internet, from
1990 to 1995. Written texts, speeches and broadcast materials of
the early 1990s were studied in the extraction and categorization
of more than 4,000 predictions about the future of the Internet.
Many stakeholders waged conflicts over the new technology: Engineers
and computer scientists were struggling to find solutions for networking
issues and teaming up to identify universal network protocols; politicians
were voicing concern over improper materials (pornography, hatemongering)
being promulgated online; law and national-security officials were
advocating government-sanctioned encryption methods to fight crime
and terrorism; entrepreneurs were trying to stake out as much valuable
territory as possible; and free-thinking, socially conscious citizens
were working to see that the new technology would be used for the
greater good of all people. The faculty mentor for this project
was Janna Anderson.
For more information
about NCUR, see http://www.ncur.org.