Randall Sumpter

Randall Sumpter
Texas A&M University | TAMU · Department of Communication

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This study sheds new light on the contribution of stunt girls to nineteenth- and twentieth-century journalism by examining the career of one such reporter, Elizabeth L. Banks. Contemporary critics and powerful women journalists considered “stunt girls,” like Banks, unethical nuisances who “faked” news and trolled the slums for working-class exploit...
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“Operation Matthew” was the code name for a unique, news-based radio promotion of the McLendon radio stations in the winter of 1961–62, which rebroadcast taped segments of Radio Moscow's English-language news service. These rebroadcasts were publicity stunts disguised as public service. In this study, the researchers examine “Operation Matthew” as...
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This article explores the role a late nineteenth-century trade journal. The Journalist, played in disseminating standardized reporting practices and rules of behavior and in sorting labor away from already saturated markets. An examination offour, multi-part serials published by this trade weekly found they contained guidelinesfor defining. gatheri...
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This content analysis of newspaper stories seeks to answer three questions about the Columbia space shuttle disaster: What sources did journalists cite in telling the Columbia story? What did those sources say? Which sources were heard most often? Stories analyzed were published by the New York Times, Washington Post, and Houston Chronicle in the 2...
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This quantitative content analysis examines source use for an eleven-week period in a “news disaster” story. The frequency of similar stories, which explain to readers, viewers, and listeners how the media do their work, has grown in the past forty years, and media observers are unsure what the change means. In this study, source affiliations and t...
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This case study at a large daily newspaper used non‐participant observation and focused interviews to describe the work routines of editors. Unlike earlier newsroom sociologies, this study did not find that editors used budget meetings to construct an organizational definition of newsworthiness or to advance their position in the hierarchy. Instead...
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This study is a reappraisal of press censorship during the Spanish‐American War of 1898. The accounts of censors and correspondents written during or shortly after the war are compared to answer three questions: How did the censorship system work? What factors caused its effectiveness to vary? How did the press respond? The study argues that the wa...
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According to a study by Baker and Botts for the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, firm gas curtailments for Apr. 1977 to Apr. 1978 will be 3.256 trillion cu ft, compared with 3.379 trillion during the same 1976-77 period; and projected curtailments for 1978-79 will be at about the same level as the preceding 12 mo. According to U.S. Depart...
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According to W.B. Read of LOOP the system will probably be able to unload the first oil tanker near the end of first-quarter 1981; complete the leaching of three storage caverns, which would permit sustained operations, around mid-1980; and have the entire Phase 1, 1.4 million bbl/day design capacity on stream in the second half of 1981, when the u...