Journalism and Mass Communications
11 Feb 2017

“HANDS UP, DON’T SHOOT”: MEDIA PORTRAYALS OF RACE AND RESPONSIBILITY FRAMING IN POLICE SHOOTINGS

This study examines race and responsibility framing in newspaper articles on police shootings. By performing a content analysis of nine newspapers (N = 442), this study found that newspapers were more likely to blame society as being responsible for the issue of police shootings. Findings also indicate that there are differences in the attributes used when covering police shootings as well as differences in the mention of race among conservative, liberal and African American papers.

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