A content analysis of print news coverage of media violence and aggression research

Nicole Martins, Andrew J. Weaver, Daphna Yeshua-Katz, Nicole H. Lewis, Nancy E. Tyree, Jakob D. Jensen

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Abstract

We conducted a content analysis of news articles (N=540) to examine whether news coverage of media violence accurately reflects scientific knowledge about exposure to media violence and its effects on viewer aggression. The analysis revealed that over the past 30years, news articles generally suggested that a link between media violence and aggression exists. However, the tone shifted sharply back toward a neutral conclusion since 2000. This shift may be attributable to the type of medium discussed (e.g., television vs. video games), the number of unaffiliated sources that are cited in the news article, and the sex of the journalist. Implications for how this news coverage may influence news readers are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1070-1087
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Communication
Volume63
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language

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    Martins, N., Weaver, A. J., Yeshua-Katz, D., Lewis, N. H., Tyree, N. E., & Jensen, J. D. (2013). A content analysis of print news coverage of media violence and aggression research. Journal of Communication, 63(6), 1070-1087. https://doi.org/10.1111/jcom.12052