The effect of declining circulation and employment within U.S. newspapers : an analysis of the 2003 invasion and subsequent occupation of Iraq
Over the last decade, the United States has seen a significant decrease in the circulation of newspapers. This has led to a decline in revenue, which as a consequence, has led to a decline in employment. The decline in employment has led to a decline in investigative journalism which can be seen when observing the number of contributing authors and use of news gathering services in published stories. This has far reaching effects because newspapers are vital to a fully functioning democracy. The newspapers are the foundation of the media, and the media the foundation of a fully functioning democracy. The media performs essential political, social, economic, and cultural functions in democracies. In the U.S., the media is the principal source of political information and access to public debate, and the key to an informed, participating, self-governing citizenry. A democracy requires a media system that provides people with a wide range of opinion, analysis, and debate on important issues, reflects the diversity of citizens, and promotes public accountability of elected officials. In a democracy, the media must foster deliberation and diversity, and ensure accountability. This thesis examines the decline in circulation and employment within the newspaper industry to analyze what effect this has on how content is presented to the public.
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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
College of Sciences
Dissertations, Academic -- Sciences;Sciences -- Dissertations, Academic
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Le Fils, Nicholas, "The effect of declining circulation and employment within U.S. newspapers : an analysis of the 2003 invasion and subsequent occupation of Iraq" (2010). HIM 1990-2015. 1085.