By Michele Weldon
Front pages of newspapers show a shift during the last few years: tales are extra own, extra inclusive, much less far-off from readers event. Journalist Michele Weldon takes a clean examine how newspapers have carved out a story area of interest that displays society s fascination with own tales and readers calls for for variety in content material. evaluating one hundred sixty entrance pages in twenty American newspapers for 8 dates in 2001 and 2004, she indicates a shift towards beneficial properties over not easy information, besides a rise in anecdotal or humanistic methods to all tales. Forces reminiscent of blogs, citizen journalism, newsroom range, and different components have converged to remake front web page, and Weldon unveils the content material of everyman information as commodity except the mode of supply. She additionally comprises greater than fifty interviews with humans hooked up to journalism approximately what those alterations suggest.
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Prominence means the recurring use of unofficial sources, the frequency of references in the story to unofficial sources, and the space allotted to unofficial sources in direct quotes, description, commentary, or background. It is a qualitative ranking considering the amount of space and priority in a story. A source was considered unofficial if the person quoted was not an expert, but an observer, participant, or commentator. For instance, in a story about a parade, the unofficial sources would have been the people watching the parade—the neighbors and shopkeepers along the route.
Over the three years, newspapers 020 Weldon Text (16-164) 32 11/13/07 9:24 AM Page 32 E v ery man N e w s : T h e C ha nging A me ric a n Front Pa ge in the Northeast had a steady level of features and feature leads on the front page. This study reflects the journalistic work of almost 6,300 newspaper staffers, including reporters, editors, copy editors, and photographers. These numbers ensure that a shift would also signify some professional tendency, rather than the work of a few influential, like-minded editors at a few newspapers who possibly attended the same conference or read the same readership studies.
The evidence is overwhelming. Methodology: How The Papers Were Chosen For this study I chose twenty American newspapers, seeking diversity in geography, newspaper ownership, circulation, and staff size. I wanted to see if the trend of more features on the front page and more feature approaches to news was predominant only on large papers or in certain sections of the country, or if it was evident in newspapers across the country, regardless of geography, ownership, or staff size. There are four newspapers each in the Midwest, Northeast, and Southeast; three in the Southwest; three in the West; one in the Northwest; and one in Alaska.