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.
|Commitee:||Ibroscheva, Elza, Yu, Jason|
|School:||Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville|
|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|
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