Journal of
Media and Communication Studies

  • Abbreviation: J. Media Commun. Stud.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2545
  • DOI: 10.5897/JMCS
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 216

Full Length Research Paper

Readability and political discourse: An analysis of press releases of Ghanaian political parties

William Kodom Gyasi
  • William Kodom Gyasi
  • Department of Communication Studies, University of Cape Coast, Ghana.
  • Google Scholar

  •  Received: 25 April 2017
  •  Accepted: 29 June 2017
  •  Published: 30 September 2017


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