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A Matter of Life and Death? Examining the Quality of Newspaper Coverage on the Newspaper Crisis
Unformatted Document Text:  15! the general impression about the state of the newspaper industry that it could possibly trigger, addressing this research question: RQ6: Does such coverage give an impression of optimism or pessimism about the state of the newspaper industry? Finally, instead of assuming that all newspapers framed the newspaper crisis the same way, this study explores whether the individual newspapers adopted unique perspectives when covering the crisis, addressing the following research question: RQ7: Did different newspapers frame the newspaper crisis differently? METHODS This study content analyzes the coverage of the newspaper crisis by the three most-circulated U.S. newspapers—the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and the New York Times. The three-paper sample includes national newspapers with different emphases in reporting. The Wall Street Journal has a particular focus on business, and enjoys the largest daily circulation in the United States, at more than 2 million (Edmonds, Guskin, & Rosenstiel, 2011). USA Today, the second most widely circulated U.S. newspaper, appeals to a wide base of the consumer market. Finally, the New York Times was selected because of its national prominence and role as an intermedia agenda-setter (Gitlin, 1980; Reese & Danielian, 1989). This sampling choice allows us to gauge a national perspective on the overall U.S. newspaper market while also capturing the potential diversity that might exist among these three news organizations. Sample

Authors: Chyi, H. Iris., Lewis, Seth. and Zheng, Nan.
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the general impression about the state of the newspaper industry that it could possibly 
trigger, addressing this research question:  
RQ6: Does such coverage give an impression of optimism or pessimism about 
the state of the newspaper industry?   
 
 
Finally, instead of assuming that all newspapers framed the newspaper crisis 
the same way, this study explores whether the individual newspapers adopted unique 
perspectives when covering the crisis, addressing the following research question: 
RQ7: Did different newspapers frame the newspaper crisis differently?    
 
 
 
METHODS 
 
This study content analyzes the coverage of the newspaper crisis by the three 
most-circulated U.S. newspapers—the Wall Street JournalUSA Today, and the New 
York Times. The three-paper sample includes national newspapers with different 
emphases in reporting. The Wall Street Journal has a particular focus on business, 
and enjoys the largest daily circulation in the United States, at more than 2 million 
(Edmonds, Guskin, & Rosenstiel, 2011). USA Today, the second most widely 
circulated U.S. newspaper, appeals to a wide base of the consumer market. Finally, 
the New York Times was selected because of its national prominence and role as an 
intermedia agenda-setter (Gitlin, 1980; Reese & Danielian, 1989). This sampling 
choice allows us to gauge a national perspective on the overall U.S. newspaper 
market while also capturing the potential diversity that might exist among these three 
news organizations. 
Sample 


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