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Paper submitted and presented to the Civic Journalism Interest Group 2001 Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) Convention Washington, DC.

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July 2014


The Norfolk Virginian-Pilot is a proponent of civic journalism; the Richmond Times-Dispatch is not. Content analysis of the papers’ coverage of Virginia’s 2000 U.S. Senate election reflected the divergent newsroom philosophies. The Times-Dispatch stories were more likely to be triggered by campaign-managed events, to focus on the election “horse race” and to use political establishment sources. The Pilot’s stories were more likely to result from independent or enterprise reporting, to address issues and to use “real people” sources.

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VCU Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture Faculty Presentations