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MASS MEDIA RESEARCH: AN INTRODUCTION, 9e, begins with an overview of mass communication research and the ethics of research. It then explores each major approach to research, including qualitative research, content analysis, survey research, longitudinal research, and experimental research. The text continues with a section on data analysis and concludes with a forward-looking section on applying research methods to the primary areas of interest including print, electronic media, advertising, and public relations. Coverage of mass media research and the Internet, which was presented in a concluding chapter in the previous edition, has now been integrated as appropriate throughout the text.
- New "An Inside Look" features replace the previous editions' "A Closer Look" boxes. Timely new topics include a look at the ethical propriety of a Northeastern University study that covertly monitored the cell phone use of 100,000 people outside the United States to study their travel patterns; the ethical dilemmas posed by "datamining" internet sites like Facebook for information on subjects; and the role of research in Amazon's decision to offer customers product suggestions based on their book selections prior to checkout.
- Additional "An Inside Look" features introduce readers to a free website called QUAID (Question Understanding Aid) from the University of Memphis that checks survey questions for potential problems; explore the use of COMPUTATIONAL HANDBOOK OF STATISTICS (Bruning/Kintz) for help in using Excel for conducting more complicated surveys; and suggest new technologies for measuring readership with RFID.
- The text has been updated to emphasize the importance of research to the success of mass media outlets and to reflect how a lack of research has contributed to declining profitability. Factors considered include the impact of deregulation and industry consolidation on radio and the proliferation of alternative media like the iPhone and MP3 players.
- Expanded coverage of online advertising and Internet research includes a special note on using online sources for data collection and surveys and a revised discussion of online methods of qualitative research, including: field observation, focus groups, intensive interviewing, ethnography, research blogs, and research communities.
- Updates to the coverage of research and theory include: a revised treatment of online public relations research and new section about usability research; discussion of the problems of deceiving research participants; and additions to the code of ethics for researchers newly proposed by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.
- Coverage of mass media research and the Internet, which was previously presented in a concluding chapter, has now been integrated as appropriate throughout to text to better reflect its impact on all aspects of the research process.
- Substantial coverage is given to research ethics and qualitative research methods in print media, advertising, and public relations.
- Authors maintain a website that includes a chapter on Media Effects, additional exercises and readings, and much more! www.wimmerdominick.com.
- The authors' clear writing style makes this text ideal for introductory level courses in research.
- Extensive discussion on hypothesis testing clarifies this fundamental research component.
- The robust pedagogy includes chapter summaries to help students identify key concepts within each chapter and themed boxes that take readers "inside" the various research topics.
Part I: THE RESEARCH PROCESS.
1. Science and Research.
2. Elements of Research.
3. Research Ethics.
Part II: RESEARCH APPROACHES.
5. Qualitative Research Methods.
6. Content Analysis.
7. Survey Research.
8. Longitudinal Research.
9. Experimental Research.
Part III: DATA ANALYSIS.
10. Introduction to Statistics.
11. Hypothesis Testing.
12. Basic Statistical Procedures.
Part IV: RESEARCH APPLICATIONS.
13. Newspaper and Magazine Research.
14. Research in the Electronic Media.
15. Research in Advertising.
16. Research in Public Relations.
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Online Instructor's Manual
Packed with resources designed to streamline and maximize the effectiveness of your course preparation, this helpful manual includes chapter overviews, class-tested activities and exercises, technology resources, test items, and assessment tests. Each chapter includes a chapter overview and true/false, multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank, and essay test items. Many quiz and exam questions are new to the 10th edition.