Title of Oral/Poster Presentation

State Law and Media Framing: Immigration in the News Media

Presenter Information

Jennifer WagstaffFollow

Class

Article

Department

Sociology, Social Work, and Anthropology

Faculty Mentor

Eddy Berry

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Abstract

The media plays a large role in framing and shaping the public's understanding of immigration and the laws surrounding it. The question for this research is, 'does the language used in newspapers to describe immigration in Utah change to after the passing of the Utah Compact in 2010?' Leading to the hypothesis, that yes there is a change in the language used in newspapers regarding immigration, between the before and after the passing of the 2010 reform. A content analysis of articles found within The Salt Lake Tribune, was run. Ruling out editorials, letters to the editor, and writers for the Associated Press, the focus was placed on articles written by staff writers. Using the months of February and March of the years 2007 through 2013, with 2010 as the midpoint for the examination of the before and after the passing of the Utah Compact.

Start Date

4-9-2015 1:30 PM

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Apr 9th, 1:30 PM

State Law and Media Framing: Immigration in the News Media

The media plays a large role in framing and shaping the public's understanding of immigration and the laws surrounding it. The question for this research is, 'does the language used in newspapers to describe immigration in Utah change to after the passing of the Utah Compact in 2010?' Leading to the hypothesis, that yes there is a change in the language used in newspapers regarding immigration, between the before and after the passing of the 2010 reform. A content analysis of articles found within The Salt Lake Tribune, was run. Ruling out editorials, letters to the editor, and writers for the Associated Press, the focus was placed on articles written by staff writers. Using the months of February and March of the years 2007 through 2013, with 2010 as the midpoint for the examination of the before and after the passing of the Utah Compact.