Characterization in Pulitzer-awarded features and traditional features was measured using a characterization typology developed by the author. Although some of the results were statistically constrained by a small n, those results which were statistically significant reflect that what separates Pulitzer-winning features from regular features are those elements of characterization particular to scene: a character's distinctive physical characteristics, clothing and possessions; the setting and environment as it defines a character; a physical description of character that is not lineament nor habitual posture or expression but bodily appearance in the immediate moment; a character's movements and actions, facial expressions, words, and thoughts. In an era when the predicted demise of newspapers is more fact than fiction, the reader's experience with newspapers is paramount. Crucial to the news reading experience is the reader's enjoyment: how "I" experienced a story through empathy, parasocial interaction, and/or identification. Perhaps a solution to newspapers' loss of readership is scene: within scene, fear, anguish, exhilaration, and joy are not only the experiences of the characters, but also that of the reader's.
College and Department
Fine Arts and Communications; Communications
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Tobler, Linda Janet, "Characterization: A Content Analysis of Pulitzer-Awarded and Traditional Features" (2010). Theses and Dissertations. 2346.
image, language, character, character construct, characterization, feature story, Pulitzer, newspaper, Internet age, scene, narrative structure, news writing, reader enjoyment, experience, empathy, parasocial interaction, identification, journalist