Media coverage of school shooting incidents are constructed using various frames that differ depending on the race, class, and socioeconomic status of the victims, perpetrators, and their communities. Moral panics have arisen as a result of these frames, having been constructed to instigate fear and affect policy in ways that can have negative effects on both students in general and, in particular, minority students in urban schools. In this study, I analyzed the framing language used in news content, the demographic information of the schools in which shootings occurred, and the amount of coverage afforded to the incidents. This content analysis will observe television news broadcasts regarding school shootings from Fox News, CBS, NBC, ABC, and CNN, ranging from 1995 to 2014.
Jodi Cohen (Thesis Director)
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Lavoie, Kelly Ann. (2015). School Shootings and Moral Panics: Differences in Media Framing Based on Race, Class, and Socioeconomic Status. In BSU Honors Program Theses and Projects. Item 127. Available at: http://vc.bridgew.edu/honors_proj/127
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