Date of Award


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Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Political Science & Public Administration


This study is a content analysis of editorials in the four North Dakota newspapers. Its purpose is to determine the amount of conflict- oriented editorial content of each paper. A representative sample of each of the four papers was chosen for analysis. Two types of content analysis were performed to determine what subjects were discussed, and to determine the direction (whether conflict or cooperation) of the subject matter. Three judges were used to code a sample of the material, and inter-agreement percentages were calculated for each coder. The results of the subject matter and directional analysis are presented in tables to illustrate which subjects were discussed as well as to indicate the direction of the subject matter. This study indicates that each North Dakota paper, with one exception, reflects an emphasis of conflict- oriented editorial content.