Date of Award

Spring 1965

Degree Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Communication

Abstract

The purpose of this thesis is to discover the attitudes and assumptions possessed by subscribers to a Catholic diocesan newspaper on matters related to the control of the publication and the authority it has for its readers. Under "matters of control" the thesis will attempt to discern subscribers' attitudes in the following areas: Who is doing the editorial work, the "journalistic" work, at the paper? Are these people supervised or controlled in any fashion? What is the relationship of the Archbishop to the publication? Under "matters of authority": What are subscribers' attitudes toward lay vs. clerical operation of the paper? What does the 'official' status of the publication mean to them? Can they distinguish between morals and politics? Do they feel obliged to agree with statements of opinion and editorial judgements? Are they confused about these matters either personally and individually, or as a group?

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