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A Matter of Life and Death? Examining the Quality of Newspaper Coverage on the Newspaper Crisis
Unformatted Document Text:  1! A Matter of Life and Death? Examining the Quality of Newspaper Coverage on the Newspaper Crisis ABSTRACT During 2008-2010, U.S. newspapers covered the “crisis” of their own industry extensively. Such coverage drew attention to the state of the newspaper but also raised questions about whether journalists over-reacted to this market downturn. This study examines how the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and the New York Times framed the newspaper crisis. Results show that coverage focused on short-term drama over long-term trends, lacked sufficient context, shifted blame away from newspapers themselves, invoked “death” imagery, and altogether struggled to capture a holistic portrayal of newspapers’ troubles. Implications for self-coverage and business journalism are discussed.

Authors: Chyi, H. Iris., Lewis, Seth. and Zheng, Nan.
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A Matter of Life and Death? 
Examining the Quality of Newspaper Coverage on the Newspaper Crisis 
 
 
ABSTRACT 
 
 
During 2008-2010, U.S. newspapers covered the “crisis” of their own industry 
extensively. Such coverage drew attention to the state of the newspaper but also 
raised questions about whether journalists over-reacted to this market downturn. This 
study examines how the Wall Street JournalUSA Today, and the New York Times 
framed the newspaper crisis. Results show that coverage focused on short-term drama 
over long-term trends, lacked sufficient context, shifted blame away from newspapers 
themselves, invoked “death” imagery, and altogether struggled to capture a holistic 
portrayal of newspapers’ troubles. Implications for self-coverage and business 
journalism are discussed. 
 
 
 
 


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