Based on the great ethnographers of the 70s and 80s like Tuchman, Gans and Fishman, my thesis deals directly with what objectivity actually means, and who determines what it means.
More specifically, I study diversity in newsrooms and the news values of homogenous versus "diverse" newsrooms. Does a majority white newsroom value different news stories over a majority Hispanic newsroom? Using quantitative methods to draw causal relationships, I will be sending out surveys to newspaper reporters across the country starting this spring. Want to be on that list? Contact me.