During 2008-2010, U.S. newspapers covered the financial issues confronting their
own industry extensively. Such coverage drew attention to the state of the newspaper
but also raised questions about whether journalists over-reacted to this market
downturn. This study examines how the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and the New
York Times framed the newspaper “crisis.” Results show that coverage focused on
short-term drama over long-term trends, lacked sufficient context, shifted blame away
from newspapers themselves, invoked “death” imagery, and altogether struggled to
capture a holistic portrayal of newspapers’ troubles. Implications for self-coverage
and business journalism are discussed.
Chyi, Hsiang Iris; Lewis, Seth C.; Zheng, Nan.
A Matter of Life and Death? Examining the Quality of Newspaper Coverage on the Newspaper Crisis.
Taylor & Francis.
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