On Hard versus Soft News: A Content Analysis of Reporting by Three Nationally-Televised Evening News Programs


While television still represents the most pervasive medium by which Americans get their news, questions as to the quality and content being reported have been raised. Through the lens of framing theory, this study utilizes content analysis of three main evening news broadcasts to ex-amine what type of news is being reported and in what context. Results suggest that there is a significant difference between the broadcasts studied, and that the majority of each program is devoted to content other than what is considered “hard” news.

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Rosendale, J. and Longcore, A. (2015) On Hard versus Soft News: A Content Analysis of Reporting by Three Nationally-Televised Evening News Programs. Open Journal of Social Sciences, 3, 57-61. doi: 10.4236/jss.2015.311008.

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