Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis




College of Arts and Sciences

First Advisor

Allison Marsh


Throughout the social upheaval of the 1960s, television news and dissident social movements developed a salient relationship. News coverage of campus movements and protests not only informed audiences of what protest looked like, but shaped the actions and reactions of both the protestors and those who opposed them. How national media outlets, particularly televised newscasts, affected the social movements of the 1960s on a national level has been well documented. However, media, specifically local television newscasts, also helped to shape movements on a grass roots level. Looking at local television news footage from Columbia, South Carolina, this paper will seek to reveal how local media aided in the reshaping and escalation of New Left student protest at a traditionally conservative Southern University.