29 Years Between Protests and The Newspaper that Separates and Connects Them: A comparison between the Register Guard's representation of the 1970 ROTC protests and its representation of the 1999 anarchist riots of Eugene, Oregon
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For my paper, I would like to compare the rhetoric, focus, and intent of media coverage today with that of the sixties. I will discuss the stories, photographs, and editorials used by the Eugene Register Guard to depict the April 15, 1970 University of Oregon anti-ROTC riots, and compare them with coverage of the June 18, 1999 Anarchist riot in downtown Eugene. Specifically, I hope to find out how the Register Guard, as well as the culture it represents, changed (or remained the same) in regards to riots over the last forty years. Did the University of Oregon’s protests of the 1970’s set the standard, or create the form for the protests of 1999 to follow? What tactics do protesters and reporters continue to use, and what tactics were unique to the sixties? These are the questions to which I hope to offer some possible answers, while looking at how local newspapers might have worked with or against rioters in both time periods. Although my research was centered around the Register Guard, I also read Oregon Daily Emerald and Oregonian articles, newspaper clippings in the R. D. Clark Presidential Archives, as well as books discussing the media and the sixties. The comparisons in this paper will primarily be shaped by the opinions and objectives of Eugene Register Guard reporters, editors, photographers, and letter-writing citizens, as well as what I perceive are the political and social views of the time.
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