From Protest to Agenda Building: Description Bias in Media Coverage of Protest Events in Washington, D.C.

  title={From Protest to Agenda Building: Description Bias in Media Coverage of Protest Events in Washington, D.C.},
  author={Jackie Smith and John D. McCarthy and Clark Mcphail and Boguslaw Augustyn},
  journal={Social Forces},
  pages={1397 - 1423}
Social movements often seek to draw attention to issues they deem important by organizing public demonstrations with the aim of attracting mass media coverage. But only a small proportion of all public demonstrations receives any media attention. This article asks whether even the minimal coverage that demonstrations receive reveal any influence of social movements in shaping how issues are framed by the mass media. Analyzing newspaper and television news stories on Washington, D.C. protests… 

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