Framing Theory Discussion Prompt Please note: If you are attending class on Thursday, we will do this IN CLASS. No need to do it ahead of time. If you are NOT attending

 

Framing Theory Discussion Prompt

Please note: If you are attending class on Thursday, we will do this IN CLASS. No need to do it ahead of time. If you are NOT attending class on Thursday, you may complete this on your own on Canvas before the deadline.

This week we learned about framing theory. Our news media tends to frame the same issues in very different ways. In this activity you will examine the different frames used by two different news organizations to discuss a similar topic.

Standard expectations: As with every assignment in this class, be sure to respond to the following questions in your own words and succinctly (in as few words as possible). 

Resources for this activity:

  • Go to: https://www.allsides.com/unbiased-balanced-newsLinks to an external site.
  • All sides Media Bias Chart: https://www.allsides.com/media-bias/media-bias-chartLinks to an external site.

Assignment:

  1. Think about the issue discussed in the headline you chose. What information do you currently have about this issue? (1-2 sentences: 1 point)
    1. What media sources does your information come from about this topic? Identify your media sources on the all-sides media bias chart above. Are they leaning left, center, right, or unknown? (1-2 sentences: 1 point).
  2. Using the information provided in the frame usage section of the book (pg. 144-145), discuss whether salience, availability, accessibility, or applicability are influencing your opinion about this issue. How? (2-4 sentences: 1 point).
  3. Read an article on the left discussing this issue. Is it discussing it in a favorable or unfavorable manner? Why do you think so? Provide specific examples in the article that support your view. (2-4 sentences: 1 point).
  4. Read an article on the right discussing this issue. Is it discussing it in a favorable or unfavorable manner? Why do you think so? Provide specific examples in the article that support your view. (2-4 sentences: 1 point).

  • Framingasychronouslecturehandouts1.docx

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· Manipulated race (Black/White) of person

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Poverty

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· Post-exposure perceptions

· Cause: “In your opinion. what are the most important causes of poverty?”

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reduce poverty, what would you suggest?”

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(Iyengar, 1990)

· Individual vs social attribution

· Thematic condition = social attributions

· Episodic condition = individual attributions

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· Terrorism

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News Stories

& Empathy

Experiment – Johnson et al, 2009

· How story of Katrina

victims

news

influence empathy and policy support

· Race of victims

· Type of activity

· looting

· Non-looting

· Control

· Empathy

· Policy Support

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of media distortions

[Gibson & Zillmann. 1994)

· Carjacking story manipulation (4×2)

· Exemplars vary degree of extremity

· No injury, minimal, substantial, death

· Response

· Immediately or 1 week later

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No harm: “Adams was lucky. The incident terrified her. But she walked away without so much asa scratch.”

Minimal harm: “Adams was lucky. The incident terrified her, but she walked away with only minor cuts and bruises from falling onto the pavement.”

Substantial harm: “Adams was fortunate, considering what could have happened. She was terrified, and she suffered a broken arm from being shoved out of the moving car and hitting the sharp

edge of the gaspump.”

Death: “Unfortunately Adams did not make it completely out of the car. Her arm got caught in the seat belt as Block drove away, and shewas

dragged, screaming for help, for several feet –

Effects

of media distortions

[Gibson & Zillmann. 1994)

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of media distortion

(Gibson & Zillmann, 1994)

· Death exemplar condition rated as more upsetting than others

· Death exemplar and no harm exemplar rated asequally informative

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newsworthiness, importance, or accuracy

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News tends

to be displayed in

Problems,

issues, grievances,

· Two

opposing sides

(p. 623)

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Framing Theory

· Framesin communication

· Framesin thoughts

·

frames

How

thought

in communication affect frames in

· Saltence availability accessibility applicability

· Episodic & thematic framing

· Race-coded issues

· Creating associations in your mind

· Sensational frames

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