Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Communication Studies

First Advisor

Winter, James,


Mass Communications.



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In particular, this is a case study of The Windsor Star's coverage of local hospital restructuring. In 1994, the local District Health Council (DHC) released its restructuring plan. The Win/Win model proposed closing two out of four local hospitals and the removal of 540 hospital jobs. To make up for the loss of service and jobs, the community sector was to be enhanced. At the time, the provincial NDP government agreed to the plan and promised funding for its implementation. A year and a half later, the Progressive Conservatives were elected and eventually reneged on the promised funding levels. As a result, the quality of local health care has plummeted. The Windsor Star has neglected to thoroughly analyze the original Win/Win plan which represented a cut to the services previously available to the community. There was also evidence that local health officials were less than committed to some of the promises contained within the report. Despite this, the newspaper endorsed the plan and omitted discussion of possible alternatives. (Abstract shortened by UMI.) Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 39-02, page: 0314. Adviser: James Winter. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1998.