A content analysis was conducted to identify potential differences in the characteristics of sources appearing in stories shown on the three national evening news broadcasts of ABC World News, CBS Evening News, and NBC Nightly News during the first four months of the 2008 Financial Crisis. The names, titles, affiliations, and societal sectors of each on-camera, named individual were identified and analyzed for their differences and frequencies of appearance. The study found the government sector was the most frequently appearing sector, and members of the House of Representatives appeared far more than any other government officials. Though the evening network news shows are structured similarly and cover the same major stories each night, there are differences in who they call upon to provide facts, analysis, and insight.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Financial crises--United States--In mass media; Recessions--21st century--In mass media; Television broadcasting of news--Evaluation; Content analysis (Communication); ABC News; CBS News; NBC News

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Communication and Media Technologies (MS)

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School of Communication (CLA)


Andrea Hickerson

Advisor/Committee Member

Grant Cos

Advisor/Committee Member

Rudy Pugliese


Physical copy available from RIT's Wallace Library at HB3722 .F74 2017


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