Earlier today, I successfully defended my thesis. Not sure if I truly achieved my goal, but the thesis was “approved without revisions,” which I’m told is something of a rarity.

Here’s the abstract:

This paper examines the legislative coverage of two issues as framed by two newspapers – The New York Times and The Washington Times. Using a content analysis, the researcher examines whether coverage favored or opposed pending legislation depending on the newspaper or the issue. The researcher found The New York Times framed welfare reform legislation negatively and campaign finance reform positively. The opposite was found in coverage from The Washington Times.

Given the response of the three professors on my committee, I’m definitely going to try to get it published in a peer-reviewed journal. I’ll keep you informed.

I’ll officially graduate with my M.A. in Journalism on May 13.