Date of Defense




First Advisor

Dr. Keith Hearit

Second Advisor

Jan Kruse


Journalism and public relations are two very fast-paced fields of work. Every day there are new issues, stories, and ideas spanning an infinite range of subjects. These topics are only newsworthy for a moment, creating an environment in both sectors that is deadline-oriented and often hectic. With the decreasing number of reporters newspaper newsrooms are able to hire, the amount of information these professionals receive, process, and reply to is more than ever before. Communication offices in organizations have also been shrinking, requiring those communication professionals to take on a much heavier workload. It is increasingly essential to have a fast means of communication with others in the workplace, and the communication modes between these two professions are no different. Technology and the methods by which people communicate have significantly changed over the past 20 years. Voicemail, fax, and email have changed the way society does business. Every message seems critically important and people want fast answers.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Campus Only