Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Framing of race by local and national newspapers in the Baltimore unrest. An analysis of The New York Times and The Baltimore Sun's coverage of Freddie Gray's race
by Vakili, Arezou, M.S., Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, 2016, 72; 10119550
Abstract (Summary)

Based on framing theory, this study uses content analysis to examine how the issue of race surrounding the Baltimore unrest was framed in two newspapers, one local newspaper (The Baltimore Sun) and one national newspaper (The New York Times). The Baltimore unrest happened after the death of Freddie Gray, an African-American on April 19, 2015. By examining 96 news stories (38 from The New York Times and 58 from The Baltimore Sun) and 430 sample sentences (297 from The New York Times and 133 from The Baltimore Sun), this study found that there were differences between the local and national newspapers’ coverage. The local newspaper published more stories about the incident; however, the national newspaper used the race frame more than the local newspaper. Furthermore, the national newspaper mentioned Freddie Gray’s race significantly more often as the major reason for his death. In addition, both newspapers portrayed Freddie Gray’s race in negative stereotypes in their coverage of his death and the unrest which followed.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Kapatamoyo, Musonda
Commitee: Ibroscheva, Elza, Yu, Jason
School: Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
Department: Mass Communication
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: MAI 55/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Communication, Mass communications
Keywords: Framing, Gray, Freddie, Homicide news story, Local newspaers, National newspapers, Race
Publication Number: 10119550
ISBN: 978-1-339-80784-3
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