The Country Newspaper: A Study of Socialization and Newspaper Content

The Country Newspaper: A Study of Socialization and Newspaper Content

The Country Newspaper: A Study of Socialization and Newspaper Content

The Country Newspaper: A Study of Socialization and Newspaper Content

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For some years there have been occasional attempts to approach the problem of analysis of newspaper content. It has been held by numerous students that much might be gained in the understanding of social behavior if some method could be devised that would show, in application, precisely what kinds of material the newspapers of the country are printing. Some scattered attempts along this line have been made. As yet, however, the results of these have not, in most cases, appeared in print. It remained for someone systematically to approach this problem of newspaper analysis and bring the results together. This the writer has attempted to do.

Himself particularly interested in the future of the country weekly newspapers, he has elected to center his study in these. His method, however, has been evolved with the metropolitan papers always in mind, and while applied solely to the country papers is, nevertheless, every bit as useful with the city dailies.

The writer presents this study as a step in the development of a quantitative methodology that will in the future, he believes, be of considerable aid and value to the student of social organization. To country editors, and community workers he hopes, especially, the suggestions growing out of his study will be of use.

In the preparation of this book, the writer has become greatly indebted to many of his friends and former teachers in more ways than can be enumerated. To Professor Alvan A. Tenney of Columbia University, perhaps more than to any other one person, his thanks are due. Many of the suggestions embodied in the manuscript originated with Pro fessor . . .

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