Title

Hollywood, Hashtags, and Cultural Disharmony: A Comparative Framing Analysis of How American Newspapers Have Framed the Me Too Movement

Date

2019

Major

Journalism (B.S.)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (open access)

Faculty Mentor

Jennifer Kowalewski

Abstract

This project explored how The New York Times, The Washington Post, and the New York Post covered the Me Too movement by studying the frames and framing techniques embedded in the newspapers’ articles. As one of the initial studies to analyze how American newspapers covered the movement, this study investigated how such content might be formative to subsequent narratives published about the Me Too movement. The articles were analyzed using a codebook adapted from Kowalewski (2006). Elements coded included but were not limited to the articles’ political affiliations, article tones, main news angles and main frames in order to determine whether those newspapers were supportive, critical or neutral toward the movement. Results indicate that article tone and the frames detected played a significant role in determining the newspapers’ attitudes toward the Me Too movement, while political affiliations were not as influential within the examined news coverage.

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