Date of Award

Spring 1933

Degree Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Communication

Abstract

The purpose of this thesis is, primarily, to ascertain whether or not the publication of crime news in Milwaukee's four leading dailies has increased with the advent of economic stress, and whether the newspapers showed more sympathy in recent years to print accounts relevant to crime. With these points in mind the years included in the survey were selected for the following reasons: 1928, a year of prosperity; 1929, a year in which the business cycle started to dip downward, resulting in the general upheaval of the stock market in November, and 1930, a year of intense strife. As a secondary objective, the thesis proposes to disclose which of the four leading dailies in Milwaukee publishes the greatest amount of crime news. Also, since the crime accounts were segregated into their respective categories, the survey sets out to discover what type of crime news the four dailies were most concerned with, how it was "played up" on page one, the show window of the newspaper, and how much space from 1928 to 1931 was devoted to pictures relating to crime. While this survey was in progress, the author was well aware of the fact that the newspapers have decreased in size in 1930, in comparison with the boom year, 1928, because of an apparent loss of advertising revenue. Probably the survey may disclose that because of the fact that the newspapers gave more space to financial news, this may have had some influence on the volume of crime accounts published.

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