Content Analysis of the Student Publications of the Catholic High Schools in the Diocese of Bangued, Abra, Philippines

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Content Analysis of the Student Publications
of the Catholic High Schools in the
Diocese of Bangued, Abra

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A Thesis
Presented to the Faculty
of the Graduate School of
Abra State Institute of Sciences and Technology
Bangued, Abra

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In Partial Fulfilment of the
Requirements of the Course
Master of Arts in English

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Rachel Luna Peralta

March 2012

Abstract

This study endeavored to analyze the student publications of the Catholic high schools of Bangued Diocese. Specifically, this study looked into the recurring patterns, the dominant themes, and errors found in the News, Editorials, Features, Literary, and Sports pages of the school papers.

Using the qualitative type of content analysis by Zang and Wildemuth (2002), the researcher studied 11 out of the 16 student publications of the Catholic schools. The recurring patterns found in the sections of the school publications are: a.) News – Frequent use of the words assembly, celebration, and religious terms such as Mary, Our Lady, Holy Mass, Eucharistic celebration, Reverend Father, SVD, officers, feast days, Bishop Leopoldo Jaucian, SVD DD; Summary Lead or Conventional Lead for the news articles and Novelty Lead for banner stories;. b.) Editorial – frequent use of the words students, youth, parents, and gratitude; and the application of Editorial of Criticism and Editorial of Tribute for type of editorial; c.) Features – dominant use of character sketches of personalities in campus; d.) Literary – frequent use of the words friend, love, God, prayer, care, thank, life, you; e.)Sports – frequent use of the words intramurals, sports, games, friendship games, competition, basketball, volleyball, men, women, varsity team, families, indoor games, outdoor games, won, defeat, court, and lead.

The dominant themes evident in the student publications that were analyzed are: a.) News – school-related and community-related themes;...
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