By Ryan Broussard | January 31st, 2012
I graduated with my bachelor’s degree in print journalism in May, 2009, which if you remember was one of the low points for newspapers in our nation’s history. Newspapers were closing their doors permanently or cutting their staffs to make ends meet.
With the current climate in mind, I decided to go back to school and pursue my master’s degree with the rationale that when I graduate, hopefully the job market will pick up and my graduate degree will look good on my application.
My only reservation was a thesis. I had no earthly idea what to right about and even less inclination to write one. But my professors convinced me that a thesis would be the easier way to go (as opposed to a project and comprehensive exams) and after much thought and rejections of my ideas and more thought and more rejections, I came up with a topic. My topic would be a content analysis of how newspapers from around the country covered the BP oil spill.
In my first research class, my professor tried to entice us to perform a content analysis for our theses instead of experiments and surveys because of the additional steps in receiving permission from the Institutional Review Board (IRB) for any research involving people. I took his advice and decided to perform a content analysis.