From confrontations to civil liberties: Newspaper photo framing of police brutality and riots in Los Angeles 1992 and Ferguson, Missouri 2014

Anan Wan, Tara Marie Mortensen, Yicheng Zhu, Jo Yun Li

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Abstract

This study compares the news media’s visual framing of the Los Angeles Riots of 1992 and the Ferguson, Missouri, riots of 2014. A visual content analysis of 387 news images published in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and Atlanta Journal-Constitution was conducted. Results show that newspapers’ visual portrayals of civil unrest have shifted focus from the confrontation between protesters and the police to an emphasis on the depiction of morality, human interest and civil emotions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)270-286
Number of pages17
JournalNewspaper Research Journal
Volume39
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2018

Keywords

  • Atlanta Journal–Constitution
  • Chicago tribune
  • Content analysis
  • Framing
  • Los Angeles times
  • New York times
  • Police
  • Protesters

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication

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