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dc.contributor.advisorSchmeltzer, John
dc.contributor.authorDavis, Garrett
dc.description.abstractTraditional media, such as newspapers, have been struggling to maintain their autonomy in the wake of the digital revolution in mass media. Smaller news outlets situated in local communities have been subject to declining revenues and readership, forcing many organizations to sell to large investment firms or simply close their doors. This study looks to examine how traditional news outlets can strengthen their position in local media markets by developing complementary mobile news technology, and if location-based services plays a significant role in the gratifications of mobile news consumption. The theory of uses and gratifications (focusing on mobile media) will be used to survey businesses and newspaper readers in seven communities in eastern Oklahoma to determine (1) if a mobile news application or mobile news in general would potentially increase readership and revenue for local newspapers and (2) how newspaper readers interact with mobile media on their smartphones by way of mobile media gratifications. Gratification opportunities, in the vein of the U&G approach, will also be employed to further the theoretical assertions of U&G as well as apply new media gratifications to local communities and community newspapers. Keywords: location-based services, community journalism, mobile media, smartphone, news application, uses and gratifications, newspapers, local newsen_US
dc.rightsAttribution 4.0 International*
dc.subjectcommunity journalismen_US
dc.subjectlocation-based servicesen_US
dc.subjectgratification opportunitiesen_US
dc.subjectmobile newsen_US
dc.titleGeolocating Mobile Media: Exploring Gratification Opportunities and Location Based Services in Oklahoma Newspapersen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberJones, Julie
dc.contributor.committeeMemberYousuf, Mohammad
dc.thesis.degreeMaster of Artsen_US
ou.groupGaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communicationen_US

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