Buried in the backyard: a study of locally generated content in small U.S. newspapers

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Title: Buried in the backyard: a study of locally generated content in small U.S. newspapers
Author: Funk, Marcus James
Abstract: Locally generated content comprises nearly 80 % of front page content for most American newspapers , with Associated Press and other wire service content comprising between 15 % and 20 % across various circulation categories . However , newspapers with daily circulation between 30 ,000 and 50 ,000 provide a sharp distinction – a “curve” or “groove” – publishing an average of barely 60 % locally generated content on their front page , pulling nearly 40 % from wire services . The anomaly declines somewhat for publications with daily circulation between 50 ,000 and 100 ,000 . This statistical content analysis of 42 American newspapers of diverse circulation sizes also reveals a universal focus on domestic politics , which comprises nearly a third of all locally generated and wire content , and reveals key commonalities across circulation categories and regional boundaries .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /2152 /ETD -UT -2010 -05 -1053
Date: 2010-10-26

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Buried in the backyard: a study of locally generated content in small U.S. newspapers. Master's thesis, University of Texas at Austin. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /2152 /ETD -UT -2010 -05 -1053 .

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