Blogs in the Media Conversation: A Content Analysis of the Knowledge Stage in the Diffusion of an Innovation

Nanette Hogg, Carol S. Lomicky, and Syed A. Hossain WJMCR 12 (December 2008) Introduction|Theoretical Framework|Method|Reliability|Findings|Conclusions Abstract This study examined the media’s role in the spread of information about the innovation of blogging in the context of Rogers’ first step in the innovation-diffusion process. This content analysis of 994 stories in national media found the first mention […]

Media System Dependency Theory and Using the Internet for In-depth, Specialized Information

Daniel Riffe, Stephen Lacy, and Miron Varouhakis WJMCR 11 (January 2008) Introduction|Literature Review|Research Questions|Method|Results|Conclusions Abstract This national survey found that a notable percentage of people depend on the Internet as a valued source of in-depth information about health, science, and business. Between 31% and 50% of the respondents said they use the Internet weekly for in-depth […]

He Who Pays the Piper Calls the Tune: Investigation of a Canadian Media Monopoly

Erin Steuter [WJMCR 7:4 September 2004] Sections: Introduction|Research Questions|Research Design|Discussion|Conclusions Abstract The Canadian Senate is concluding a national review on the state of the news media in Canada and questions are being raised about the need for new forms of regulation to protect diversity and a free press. This article examines a wealthy Canadian corporate empire […]

Autonomy in Journalism: How It Is Related to Attitudes and Behavior of Media Professionals

Armin Scholl and Siegfried Weischenberg [WJMCR 2:4 September 1999] Sections:  Abstract|Introduction|Theoretical framework and hypothesesMethod|Results|Discussion Abstract Autonomy is a main characteristic of professions. Social system theory suggests observing journalism in terms of self-referentiality and external referentiality. In our study “Journalism in Germany,” we could identify a particular self-referential group of journalists, which differed from the rest of the sample […]