Mainstream protest reporting in the Contemporary Media Environment: Exploring (In) stability and adherence to Protest Paradigm from 1998 to 2017 Articles
- September 2021
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This study uses content analysis of protest coverage and sourcing practices by five
major U.S. daily newspapers over the past two decades (1998-2017) to examine
the prevalence and evolution of a set of devices of representation present in news
coverage of protest groups. They have been traditionally ascribed to a pattern of
mainstream coverage deemed marginalizing of protest groups, the protest paradigm.
The study concludes that the prevalence of marginalizing devices is stable over time,
and that the degree of adherence to the paradigm in news stories systematically
varies across protest type and geography. Implications of these findings are discussed.
- protest coverage; protest paradigm; mainstream coverage; deviance; marginalizing portrayals