An Examination of Mainstream Media as an Educating Institution: The Black Lives Matter Movement and Contemporary Social Protest

The Power of Resistance

ISBN: 978-1-78350-461-9, eISBN: 978-1-78350-462-6

ISSN: 1479-358X

Publication date: 12 September 2017

Abstract

This chapter examines the framing of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) Movement in mainstream media. An analytic sample of 4,303 articles collected from the Dow Jones Factiva database reveals variation in depth, breadth, and intensity of BLM coverage in the following newspapers between 2012 and 2016: The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and Al Jazeera English. We review contemporary literature on racial inequality and employ Media Framing and Critical Race Theory to discuss the implications of our findings on public perceptions, future policy formation, and contemporary social protest worldwide.

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Duncan-Shippy, E., Murphy, S. and Purdy, M. (2017), "An Examination of Mainstream Media as an Educating Institution: The Black Lives Matter Movement and Contemporary Social Protest", The Power of Resistance (Advances in Education in Diverse Communities, Vol. 12), Emerald Publishing Limited, pp. 99-142. https://doi.org/10.1108/S1479-358X20140000012007

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