Local television news remains the most prominent news source for citizens regarding their communities. With that in mind, the Local TV News Media Project at the University of Delaware has been examining local TV news broadcasts since 1990. As part of the College of Arts & Sciences, the project is concerned with local television news content and its impact on the public's perception of their world. Are we more consumers rather than citizens? How does that affect, if at all, civic engagement? Public discourse? Public policy? While the project at the University of Delaware began by focusing on crime and criminal justice reporting, it also looks at media consolidation, political advertising, and citizens' critical information needs.
As part of this work, we have developed media databases for our own research and we have share them with the Federal Communications Commission, other researchers, media reformers and the public. The broadcast content database, which contains over 10,600 individually digitized local television news stories from across the U.S., is currently housed in the Library of Congress.
Read about the impact of our work on policy enacted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in a recent issue of Connect, published by the School of Public Policy & Administration: SPPA Connect V6n1.pdf
For more information on CCRS Media research, please contact:
Danilo Yanich, PhD, Associate Professor & Program Director, MA in Urban Affairs & Public Policy