From the 'Battle of Seattle' to the 'War on Terrorism' in The New York Times
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mainstream and alternative organizations—which James Hertog and Douglas McLeod found to
be significant in a study of news reports of anarchist protests (1992).
Other methods such as surveys, interviews, ethnography or experimentation might
provide more insight into the nuances of protest coverage. Researchers must look more closely at
whether there is indeed a “learning curve” related to reporting on new social movements by
asking individual writers and editors about changes in their relationships to sources over time,
their responses to internal, external or self-criticism, and the evolution of their understandings of
the movement’s social commentary. In addition, it is ultimately necessary to find out how media
audiences interpret media messages about anti-globalization protests and how these
representations affect public knowledge about or attitudes toward the movement’s issues,
actions, and efficacy.