Newspaper Research Journal
This textual analysis examines news framing of the shooting of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman. After studying coverage from The Sanford Herald (North Carolina), The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and The Denver Post, the authors conclude national media perpetuated racial stereotypes, thus heightening the issue of race and making the case more emotional than factual.
Readers outside of Sanford, N.C., had few details about the physical altercation, the heart of Zimmerman’s self-defense claim.
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Willis, Erin and Painter, Chad, "Race Prominent Feature in Coverage of Trayvon Martin" (2016). Communication Faculty Publications. 33.