Frame-changing in the media coverage of a school shooting: The rise of Columbine as a national concern

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    Abstract

    This essay explores the media frame-changing process in the news coverage of the 1999 Columbine shootings, clarifying the news discourse focus on Columbine's national importance. The study applies the van Dijk/Bell scheme of media analysis to 683 news articles from print and broadcast media published within 30 days following the incident. Insight is offered into the thematic content of the Columbine coverage, including the school shooting event itself, reactions, and commentaries. Analysis indicates that the initial focus of the coverage was what happened at Columbine, but over time the news increasingly highlighted Columbine's national salience.

    Original languageBritish English
    Pages (from-to)164-170
    Number of pages7
    JournalSocial Science Journal
    Volume46
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Mar 2009

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