This list includes some of the books, journal articles, book chapters and conference papers that have relied on the Vanderbilt Television News Archive to support their research. It is not a comprehensive account of all the ways that the Archive has been used, but only a small sample. Please Contact the Archive if you know of other items that can be added to this list.
Millions of Americans depend on the national nightly network news programs for current events information (1). Previous studies showed that nightly network news coverage about diabetes paled in comparison with that given to cancer and heart disease during the 1970s and 1980s (2,3). We evaluated whether the amount of national news coverage given to diabetes had improved during the 1990s and the extent to which racial disparities in diabetes had been highlighted. Specific objectives included tracking diabetes-related coverage on major nightly network news programs for the last 10 years, comparing diabetes coverage with that of cancer and heart disease, and examining the content of diabetes-related coverage.
The Vanderbilt Television News Archives (VTNA) has videotaped, catalogued, and indexed nightly news broadcasts from ABC, CBS, and NBC since 1968 (4). In addition, the VTNA began doing the same with the CNN evening news beginning in 1989. The VTNA abstract indexes were searched for keywords "diabetes," "cancer," and "heart disease." The content of each diabetes-related abstract and selected cancer and heart disease abstracts were examined to determine whether disease-specific racial disparities were reported.
In the last 20 years, new and powerful research tools have become available to scholars who study both print and electronic media texts. Some of these tools, such as software for conducting content analysis, come with extensive documentation, but other commonly used tools may be employed with little consideration of how they work or what they are intended to do. Among the most important resources for scholars interested in broadcast news is the Vanderbilt Television News Archive. In the early 1970s, the archive began offering indexes and abstracts to help researchers locate items in its extensive collection of videotaped ...
The Vanderbilt Television News Archive supplies written abstracts for its video collection of news programs. Researchers from many disciplines use the abstracts to locate stories, track specific topics, and measure the evaluative tone of news. This study examines the validity of using abstracts as substitutes for full-text transcripts. Drawing on an analysis of the abstract writing process, we highlight potential sources of error and analyze the correspondence between transcripts and abstracts. Results of a quantitative content analysis suggest abstracts can reflect important elements of news when used at high levels of aggregation but may be unreliable as substitutes for news content.