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Stories of OprahThe Oprahfication of American Culture$
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Trystan T. Cotten and Kimberly Springer

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781604734072

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604734072.001.0001

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Oprah and the New News

Oprah and the New News

(p.115) 8 Chapter Eight Oprah and the New News
Stories of Oprah

Kathleen Dixon

Kacie Jossart

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter discusses The Oprah Winfrey Show’s hybridization of the news and talk show conventions. Using the show’s coverage of Hurricane Katrina’s aftermath as a case study, the chapter shows how an Oprahfied brand of “soft” news characterizes the devolution of mainstream broadcast news under the guise of advocacy journalism.

Keywords:   Oprah Winfrey, soft news, talk show, Hurricane Katrina, advocacy journalism

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