Various news shows use different methods to report the same stories. In an attempt to understand this better, I watched and compared three news shows airing simultaneously on various networks, as well as viewing the front page of the New York Times, all from the same day – October 5, 2017. ABC World News Tonight, Fox News Special Report with Bret Baier, and PBS NewsHour were the shows under scrutiny, and while each show covered a large amount of the same material, they allotted varying amounts of time to certain subjects. Interestingly, while three of them largely focused on the same topics, they varied significantly from the front page that day of the New York Times. Ultimately, the Organizational model of newsmaking best explains the format and content of these television shows, and I conclude that, if a viewer could only watch one show, he would be most informed by watching PBS.
Puckett, J. (2018). Evaluating the Evaluators. Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio.