by Michael Sweeney, Professor; Associate Director for Graduate Studies
Jeremy Saks, a PhD student in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, has won the top student paper award in the Electronic News Division of the Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication.
Saks will give the paper, “Changes in Content Characteristics of Nontraditional Media after Partnering with Traditional News Providers,” in Chicago in August at the annual AEJMC convention. The award comes with a check for $102, one dollar for every year of the existence of the Kappa Tau Alpha journalism honors society.
Saks’ paper, written when he was a Scripps master’s student last year, is “Changes in Content Characteristics of Nontraditional Media after Partnering with Traditional News Providers.” It is a content analysis of the website FiveThirtyEight.com examining how its content changed after it converged with The New York Times. The study found that the website changed in multiple ways after the partnership, including a smaller variety of topics, fewer authors, longer articles, and more hyperlinks and multimedia per article.