News is a form of dramatic storytelling. The rise of television has increased the demand for news drama, and the explosion of special interests and lobbyists has multiplied the actors. As a result, the field of journalism has become a multistage theater. The resulting conflicts and actors have heightened the dramatic tension of the news, and the resulting news reporting has changed.
Content analysis of news reports
Content analysis of news reports is a method for determining who wrote a piece of information. Content analysis relies on statistical and qualitative analyses to determine the author’s identity. In a study involving the Civil War, for example, investigators analyzed news reports to determine who wrote the reports and why. They found substantial evidence to support the theory that Henry Watterson was the renowned Civil War correspondent. However, they ruled out John H. Linebaugh, a reporter for the Memphis Daily Appeal, as a prime suspect. Nevertheless, the mystery is still unsolved.
The content analysis of news reports can be done on a wide range of news sources. This book presents four studies on content analysis of news reports. It also offers recommendations for future research in this field.
Sources of news reports
News reports are an important source of information for researchers. They provide insights that scholarly sources don’t offer or take a long time to find. They also capture reactions and prevailing attitudes about a particular event. News reports are distributed in various formats, including newspapers, TV, the Internet, and print media. They may be recent or decades-old. While some sources are more useful for breaking news, others are more appropriate for historical news.
Criteria for selecting stories for publication
The selection of stories for publication involves a number of factors. In addition to the author’s abilities, the story must be age-appropriate and have rich language. It should also be engaging, informative, and challenging. Although an author may know a great deal about a topic, it may be difficult to convey the information in a clear and lively way. Another important consideration is the theme of the story. Stories with timeless themes are often more appealing to children.