Date of Award
Master of Arts
Theses & dissertations (Interdisciplinary)
Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies (Arts and Humanities)
The mass media continue to be a potent force that shape the way people understand important social issues, including those that relate to the status of women in society. This study analyzed how two national newspapers-the Washington Post and the New York Times-and two regional newspapers-the Minneapolis Star Tribune and the Des Moines Register-covered two feminist issues: abortion and the glass ceiling syndrome. As a theoretical foundation, it used a dimension of framing theory which predicts that national and regional newspapers will differ in terms of the frames they used to cover the two issues because of differences in several factors that influence how journalists discuss social topics, such as social norms and values, organizational pressures and constraints, pressures of interest groups, journalistic routines, and ideological or political orientations of journalists. The intensity of coverage, frames used, attitudes, and sources cited were compared over a five-year period (2000-2005). In general, this study found partial support for the tenets of framing theory in that the national and regional papers did not differ significantly in terms of the frames they used to cover the two issues. In terms of the sources cited, however, the national papers made more attributions to government officials and agencies, but the regional papers cited more advocacy group and citizen voices in their articles. The national papers also tended to be more positive toward the two feminist issues than the regional newspapers.
Morgan Louise Ginther
Ginther, Morgan Louise, "How national and regional U.S. newspapers framed abortion and the glass ceiling effect, 2000-2005" (2006). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 19405.