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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

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

Kacie Jossart

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781604734072.003.0009

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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