Monday, November 24, 2008

Press coverage of Thanksgiving, 1905-2005

Journalism Studies (Volume 9, Issue 1, February 2008) features research on Thanksgiving as depicted in the news. The issue is available online from the Library homepage.

From Religiosity to Consumerism: Press coverage of Thanksgiving, 1905-2005, by Bonnie Brennen (Temple University).

This research looks at the coverage of Thanksgiving during the past 100 years on 11 daily urban newspapers published in the United States in an effort to assess journalistic practices related to the coverage of routine news stories and to understand how through its coverage newspapers represent and interpret social, political, and economic change. The Thanksgiving holiday was chosen because it has been a traditional news story consistently covered each year in the press and an analysis of the coverage provides insights into the basic routines of journalism including news conventions, journalistic values, and norms over the past 100 years.

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