Examining Texas diversity : identifying the composition of diversity and the coverage of a minority-related issue in the top ten daily Texas newspapers




Mastervich, Ashley C.

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A newsroom may be fast-paced and exhilarating; and the prestige of reporting, editing or managing for a well-known newspaper in the United States is a dream that aspiring journalists long for. The first goal of this study is to examine the existing diversity in the top ten daily Texas newspapers. The second goal of this study is to analyze the newspapers' content, specifically relating to President Barack Obama's most recent immigration speech given in November 2014. Obama's speech expressed his interest in temporarily protecting undocumented parents of U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents, while making greater efforts to deport unlawful immigrants who could be considered dangerous. The social responsibility theory is consistent with this study's research question and hypotheses because it sets a standard of what the news media should owe the public, such as employing a diverse set of journalists and fairly reporting on a minority-related issue. Thus, this thesis identifies the composition of diversity in Texas newsrooms and the pertinence of understanding how a minority-related issue is covered in the top ten daily Texas newspapers.



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