Katherine Blunt

History / Journalism
Project title: “The Power of the Fourth Estate: Media Framing of Six Prominent Political Leaders at the Height of Conflict”
Mentor: David Copeland


Spring 2015

This semester, I fully completed the first half of my research. I examined media framing of Hitler between 1923 and 1929, which involved analysis of more than 300 articles that appeared in the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, and the Washington Post during that timeframe. I documented my findings in a paper that totaled more than 60 pages in length, not including the 30 pages of academic, theoretical, and historical context that I prepared during Winter Term. I managed to condense my findings into a 25-page paper that I submitted to the American Journalism Historians Association Conference. The conference will be held in St. Paul, Minn., on October 9-11, and I’ll know by mid-July whether my paper has been accepted. I also presented my findings to Elon faculty and students on SURF Day.
While completing the first half of my research, I continued to lay the groundwork for the second half of my research. During the summer, fall and winter, I will examine media framing of Hitler between 1930 and 1938. I have already begun my analysis of the early 1930s. Hitler appeared in thousands of newspaper articles during that time period, and I continued to discuss with Dr. Copeland ways to select a sample that is both fair and manageable. We tentatively decided that a stratified random sample is likely the best means by which to narrow the pool, but I’ll have to review the historical record to make sure I pay close enough attention to the years during which he attracted the most coverage.


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Professor of Philosophy
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Elon, NC 27244
Phone: (336) 278-5703


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