Source and Citation Analysis

An Epistemology of Magazine Research

Authored by: Dominic L. Lasorsa

The Routledge Handbook of Magazine Research

Print publication date:  June  2015
Online publication date:  June  2015

Print ISBN: 9781138854161
eBook ISBN: 9781315722283
Adobe ISBN: 9781317524533


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Much scholarly research on magazines and other periodicals has focused on their content, with special attention to how different social groups are portrayed and how certain broad topics, such as politics and the environment, are treated. One important aspect of the content of magazines, however, has been largely ignored: the source of this content. Given that journalism is centrally about communication—that is, reporting what other people tell journalists and staff writers—and given growing concern about the general public’s lack of ability to differentiate between fact and opinion (especially on-line), this lack of attention to information sourcing is surprising.

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