A history of weekly community newspapers in the United States: 1900 to 1980

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dc.contributor Frederickson, Kari A
dc.contributor Gower, Karla K.
dc.contributor Lamme, Margot Opdycke
dc.contributor Lowrey, Wilson Hugh
dc.contributor.advisor Sloan, W. David
dc.contributor.author Garfrerick, Beth H.
dc.date.accessioned 2017-02-28T22:26:07Z
dc.date.available 2017-02-28T22:26:07Z
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0000266
dc.identifier.other Garfrerick_alatus_0004D_10272
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/772
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract This study is an examination of community weekly newspapers in the United States during the period beginning in 1900 and ending in 1980. For this dissertation, the weekly "community" newspaper is defined as a newspaper operating in small towns and rural areas that placed an emphasis on local news. This study analyzes the nature of the weekly community newspaper and how it reflected American society throughout most of the twentieth century. Despite all of the problems that faced the weekly newspaper industry throughout its long and proud history, the constants that remained were survival tactics in terms of reactive versus proactive responses to content, commercial, and professional concerns. Several times throughout the decades an obituary had been written for community weeklies. But they always found a way to fight back and happen upon a means, a method, or a message that resonated with audiences and advertisers enough so as to allow them to keep their doors open for another business day. Community weeklies told the story of average American daily lives more thoroughly and in a more personal manner than the big-city dailies. In essence, the weekly publisher-editor served as author of his community's life story.
dc.format.extent 319 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Journalism
dc.subject.other History, United States
dc.subject.other Mass Communications
dc.title A history of weekly community newspapers in the United States: 1900 to 1980
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.department University of Alabama. College of Communication and Information Sciences
etdms.degree.discipline Communication & Information Sciences
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.level doctoral
etdms.degree.name Ph.D.

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