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Media Salience and the Framing of Mass Murder in Schools

Media Salience and the Framing of Mass Murder in Schools Several high-profile school shootings have emerged as significant discursive markers in a longer “disaster narrative.” This study applies the two-dimensional analytic framework introduced by Chyi and McCombs to examine the frame-changing differences between two highly salient school shootings. A content analysis was conducted using the New York Times coverage of the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. The findings of this study indicate that while Columbine set the precedent for how the media covers school shootings, the coverage of Sandy Hook illustrates a departure from this model and potentially reshapes the way that these events are covered. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Homicide Studies: An Interdisciplinary & International Journal SAGE

Media Salience and the Framing of Mass Murder in Schools

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Publisher
SAGE
Copyright
© 2013 SAGE Publications
ISSN
1088-7679
eISSN
1552-6720
DOI
10.1177/1088767913511458
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Abstract

Several high-profile school shootings have emerged as significant discursive markers in a longer “disaster narrative.” This study applies the two-dimensional analytic framework introduced by Chyi and McCombs to examine the frame-changing differences between two highly salient school shootings. A content analysis was conducted using the New York Times coverage of the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. The findings of this study indicate that while Columbine set the precedent for how the media covers school shootings, the coverage of Sandy Hook illustrates a departure from this model and potentially reshapes the way that these events are covered.

Journal

Homicide Studies: An Interdisciplinary & International JournalSAGE

Published: Feb 1, 2014

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