Journalism (B.S.)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (restricted to Georgia Southern)

Faculty Mentor

S. Camille Broadway



The way that the news is presented can have a great deal of influence on the choices people make about how to process the information given to them. This research looked at newspaper and twitter coverage of the WNBA protests this summer. In the past, news organizations have tended to cover white athletes differently than black athletes and female athletes different, from their male counter parts. This study looked at how the WNBA protests done by female athletes who were predominately black were covered and possibly framed on Twitter and in publications. The study found that there was a limited amount of coverage of the WNBA protests as a whole. Even articles about the WNBA focused significantly on the widespread participation of other sports protesters than on the background and reasoning as to why the women were protesting to begin with. The protestors were framed and seen as a continuation of Collin Kaepernick and not one that they initiated themselves.

Available for download on Wednesday, April 25, 2018