Date of Award

4-23-2010

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Communication

First Advisor

Gregory C. Lisby - Committee Chair

Second Advisor

Ann Williams - Committee Member

Third Advisor

Barry Hollander - Committee Member

Fourth Advisor

Carrie Packwood Freeman - Committee Member

Fifth Advisor

Leonard Teel - Committee Member

Abstract

This dissertation reviews the history and discourse of the debate regarding the use of unnamed sources in journalism. A quantitative and qualitative content analysis explores how the use of anonymous sources has changed over the years. The ethics justifying their use are examined through the lens of utilitarianism. The author offers guidelines for their future use.

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Communication Commons

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