Honors Capstone Project
Date of Submission
Arts and Science
media coverage, school shootings, agenda-setting, indexing theory, episodic and thematic framing
Capstone Prize Winner
Won Capstone Funding
This study examines how The New York Times covered the Newtown, Connecticut and Parkland, Florida school shootings, with specific attention to whose voices are heard and how media attention changes over time. A content analysis of 576 New York Times articles found that more articles were published on the Newtown shooting than on the Parkland shooting. In the first six months of coverage for both shootings, politicians were quoted more often than victims or parents, and stories largely discussed the shooting using a thematic frame; focusing on the issue of gun control. The evidence also suggests that activist-planned events helped to increase media coverage. These findings are important because they show that when it comes to the issue of school shootings, readers of The New York Times will largely see these events through the lens of the political debates surrounding gun control, rather than via the voices and opinions of parents and victims of either shooting.
Finman, Lindsay Jensen, "What’s to Blame and Whose Voices are Heard: How The New York Times Covers School Shootings" (2019). Syracuse University Honors Program Capstone Projects. 1114.
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