Hatfield School of Government. Division of Political Science.
Date of Award
Master of Arts (M.A.) in Political Science
1 online resource (vi, 139 p.) : ill. (some col.)
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
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.
Webb, Rebecca, "Diminished Democracy? Portland Radio News/Public Affairs After the Telecom Act of 1996" (2011). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 157.