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Reassessing Relationships between Communication Forms and Political Knowledge in Political Campaigns from a Geospatial Perspective: The Case of Local TV News

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posted on 2019-05-02, 15:24 authored by Yung-I LiuYung-I Liu

This study investigates the informing effects of communication in political campaigns from a geospatial perspective. The results from analyzing survey data collected during the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections in the U.S. generally suggest that the main forms of traditional communication, i.e., print newspapers and network and cable television news—but with the exception of local TV news—play a significant role in informing citizens about political campaigns. Political discussion also plays a role in this regard. The implications of the respective roles of a number of news forms in a democracy are discussed.


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  • United States

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  • Higher Education Faculty 4-yr College

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Department of Communication, California State University, East Bay

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  • Yes

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The research method used in this study is secondary data analysis. That means I analyzed existing data files that have been released and published by original researchers for the purpose of being used by other researchers. In my manuscript, I explained the sources of all the data files in the method section and provided all the citations in the method section and the references section.


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