Publication Date

Spring 2014

Document Type

Project Summary

Degree Name

Master of Arts


Communication and Training

First Advisor

David Rhea, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Marilyn Yirku, M.A.

Third Advisor

Victoria Pierce, M.A.


This project report reviews the literature of social media, news organizations, and ethics of journalism. A case study of the Chicago Teacher's Strike of 2012 is presented, and author's reflections are presented.

The author recorded a 23 minute film video of interviews with individuals regarding their perceptions of media bias. "I wanted to see how individuals felt towards news media today and the effects that it has in regards to perception of news. I wanted to know how they gather news and what they take from each broadcast. I had the opportunity to shoot a film that consists of interviews that show the affects of news media bias on individuals that I had the opportunity to speak with and discuss news media bias and the effects that it may or may not have within their lives. I shot in places where they felt comfortable to be able to share their thoughts and feelings; I went to homes, schools, and parks to discuss the topic at hand. The film is important because it showcases the true feelings that the audience has when viewing or listening to the news. The interviewees had strong perceptions on how news media has affected them and what it has portrayed on society." The film is available in OPUS as a downloadable Quicktime file. (Abstract by OPUS staff)


Supplemental file is a 655 MB Quick Time Movie 23:55 minutes in length and size 1280 x 720. Please note that it may take a while to download. (671312 kB)