Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences (BCAS)

Date of Last Revision

2023-05-03 18:15:32


Mass Media - Communication

Honors Course

Honors Research Project

Number of Credits


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Date of Expected Graduation

Spring 2020


This project consists of a series of journalistic articles pertaining to the level of accessibility for current students, faculty, and/or visitors with physical disabilities and/or impairments at The University of Akron. Journalistic articles were selected as a method of investigating and increasing awareness of accessibility in the given situation. Interviews were conducted with members of the campus and those, in addition to press releases, were used as the basis of the content within each article. The conclusion drawn from this journalistic inquiry is that while the level of accessibility at The University of Akron is not optimal for current students, faculty, and/or visitors with physical disabilities and/or impairments based on a few emergency situations that occurred, adequate and significant steps are being taken by the Office of Accessibility to make improvements. The series of journalistic articles generated was published in The Buchtelite, the student newspaper at The University of Akron. The researcher applied concepts from Agenda Setting Theory and set the agenda through increased coverage of accessibility with the goal of increasing awareness of this topic across campus. In addition to the text of the articles, photographs were also used to provide visual framing for the stories.

Research Sponsor

Julie Cajigas

First Reader

Kathleen Kulick

Second Reader

Dr. Val Pipps

Honors Faculty Advisor

Kathleen Clark



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