The Resource Some things never change : myth and structure in Pulitzer Prize feature stories, 1997-2012, by David Cawthon

Some things never change : myth and structure in Pulitzer Prize feature stories, 1997-2012, by David Cawthon

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Some things never change : myth and structure in Pulitzer Prize feature stories, 1997-2012
Title
Some things never change
Title remainder
myth and structure in Pulitzer Prize feature stories, 1997-2012
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by David Cawthon
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Language
eng
Summary
Myth and its components have structured ancient narratives and modern journalistic works. This foundational qualitative study was conducted to understand how myth was used in 15 of the most recent winning Pulitzer Prize features by examining patterns in structural elements and cultural messages communicated in each story. This study found myth is inseparable from the feature story and subjective writing. In these narratives, myth was observed to influence the version of reality authors conveyed. Mythic elements found in characters' quotes suggested authors internalized myths conveyed by sources and perpetuated them in these stories. This cycle suggests myth lives outside journalistic texts and in the writer, reader, and modern American society. Amid negative themes, the mythic elements within stories were mended with the values of family, hard work, duty to profession, sacredness of finality, and adherence to religion. Authors' reinforced those values by representing characters' complications and the resulting consequences into mythic frameworks. By addressing a gap in the literature by building on past research in myth and journalism, this study shows that these authors use myth to achieve a variety of effects and that certain components could be considered more award-winning than others. This study's findings support that viewing journalism as myth can reveal patterns in how stories are crafted and provide clues about a culture's values and beliefs
Cataloging source
MUU
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Cawthon, David
Degree
M.A.
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Thesis
Dissertation year
2012.
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Granting institution
University of Missouri--Columbia,
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no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
  • theses
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Hudson, Fraser Berkley
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  • Pulitzer Prizes
  • Feature writing
  • Feature stories
  • Myth
  • Ethics in literature
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Some things never change : myth and structure in Pulitzer Prize feature stories, 1997-2012, by David Cawthon
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Publication
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Advisor: Fraser Berkley Hudson
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online resource
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cr
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rdacarrier
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text
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txt
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rdacontent
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876615271
Extent
1 online resource (v, 146 pages)
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online
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computer
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rdamedia
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c
Specific material designation
remote
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(OCoLC)876615271
Label
Some things never change : myth and structure in Pulitzer Prize feature stories, 1997-2012, by David Cawthon
Publication
Note
Advisor: Fraser Berkley Hudson
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
876615271
Extent
1 online resource (v, 146 pages)
Form of item
online
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)876615271

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