Title

Measuring Sophistication in Newspaper Writing

Date

5-31-2018 1:00 PM

End Time

31-5-2018 3:00 PM

Location

WUC Summit

Session Chair

AES Team

Session Title

Afternoon Multidisciplinary poster Session

Presentation Type

Poster session

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Cornelia Paraskevas

Abstract

Existing research has shown that mature writing has, on average, longer sentences and more variation in sentence length than less mature writing. Mature writing also makes use of marked themes, employing a variety of structures rather than relying solely on subject themes. With this understanding, this study investigates whether local newspapers reach the same level of writing maturity as larger publications by comparing articles from the Statesman Journal and the New York Times. The findings suggest that, in general, the writing in smaller papers does not reach the same level of sophistication as writing from well-regarded national newspapers.

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Measuring Sophistication in Newspaper Writing

WUC Summit

Existing research has shown that mature writing has, on average, longer sentences and more variation in sentence length than less mature writing. Mature writing also makes use of marked themes, employing a variety of structures rather than relying solely on subject themes. With this understanding, this study investigates whether local newspapers reach the same level of writing maturity as larger publications by comparing articles from the Statesman Journal and the New York Times. The findings suggest that, in general, the writing in smaller papers does not reach the same level of sophistication as writing from well-regarded national newspapers.