Getting the story straight: newspaper reporters’ decision making processes in coverage of same-sex marriage at The (Durham) Herald-Sun and The (Raleigh) News & Observer Public Deposited

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  • March 20, 2019
  • Camblos, Grace Zehnder
    • Affiliation: Hussman School of Journalism and Media
  • This study examines framing choices made by journalists at The (Durham, N.C.) Herald-Sun and The (Raleigh, N.C.) News & Observer in coverage of same-sex marriage between January 1, 2004 and March 1, 2005. This study uses as its starting point a qualitative content analysis that found same-sex marriage articles in The News & Observer tended to use a conflict frame, while articles at The Herald-Sun used an LGBT-celebratory frame. In this study, in-depth interviews were conducted with journalists from each paper who wrote or edited stories about same-sex marriage. Journalists were asked about their decision-making processes to determine why certain frames were used at each newspaper. While “news culture” factors such as news routines influenced perception of same-sex marriage as a conflict story at both newspapers, factors at the organizational level, such as newspaper resources and locations, ultimately had the most effect on framing.
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