Advisor

Craig Carr

Date of Award

1-1-2011

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.) in Political Science

Department

Political Science

Physical Description

1 online resource (vi, 139 p.) : ill. (some col.)

Subjects

United States -- Telecommunications Act of 1996, Radio journalism -- Political aspects -- Oregon -- Portland, Communication in politics -- Law and legislation, Telecommunication -- Deregulation -- Political aspects -- Oregon -- Portland, Regional Journalism -- Political aspects -- Oregon -- Portland

DOI

10.15760/etd.157

Abstract

News and public affairs on commercial radio dramatically changed following the 1996 Telecom Act, with rapid consolidation and economic efficiencies radically shrinking commercial radio's role in the provision of political information. By examining jobs data, public files, and the views of broadcast journalists, this project assesses the Act's impact through the lens of civic-minded Portland, Oregon. Because political information enables democracy, and because of radio's uniquely accessible qualities, this paper argues that market emphasis in media policy--especially in the Act's absolute manifestation--has diminished a significant channel of public discourse. Noticing radio's democratic potential, still relevant in the digital age, this work offers support for a revival of discursive opportunities on local commercial radio.

Persistent Identifier

http://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/7245

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