The political economy of U.S. alternative press : case studies of The nation and The Texas observer

dc.contributor.advisorDe Uriarte, Mercedes Lynnen
dc.contributor.committeeMemberStein, Lauraen
dc.creatorGuo, Lei, active 21st century.en
dc.date.accessioned2010-11-10T16:53:48Zen
dc.date.available2010-11-10T16:53:48Zen
dc.date.available2010-11-10T16:53:54Zen
dc.date.issued2010-05en
dc.date.submittedMay 2010en
dc.date.updated2010-11-10T16:53:54Zen
dc.descriptiontexten
dc.description.abstractThroughout the history, U.S. alternative press has published against the grain of mainstream media and politics and on tight budgets. In fact, it remains the political economic dilemma for any critical media project that the financial resources it needs are in the same capitalism society it criticizes. Using a political economy approach, this thesis examined how political economic factors including ownership models, means of support and the government role influence the balance between the editorial goals and business performance of the two alternative or independent publications: The Nation, a privately-owned newsmagazine providing critical opinions and investigative journalism on nationwide issues, and The Texas Observer, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit biweekly covering stories ignored by the mainstream press in the state of Texas. Through in-depth interviews with staffers of the two publications and primary and second sources analysis, this thesis demonstrates the tension between editorial ideals and financial needs that are affected by several political economic factors. It also shows that both alternative papers are committed to democratic altruism and watchdog journalism whenever they deal with political economic pressures.en
dc.description.departmentJournalism and Mediaen
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/ETD-UT-2010-05-1277en
dc.language.isoengen
dc.subjectAlternative pressen
dc.subjectPolitical economyen
dc.titleThe political economy of U.S. alternative press : case studies of The nation and The Texas observeren
dc.type.genrethesisen
thesis.degree.departmentJournalismen
thesis.degree.disciplineJournalismen
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Texas at Austinen
thesis.degree.levelMastersen
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Artsen

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