Domestic Affairs Research

A Letter to Journalists from a Former FCC Commissioner

February 20, 2014, 2:01 pm
By Michael Copps

Fall 2013 Fellow Michael Copps, former Federal Communications Commissioner, shares concerns and offers advice regarding government regulation of corporate media.

Covering Crime in Washington, D.C.

January 1, 2006, 3:59 pm
By Kimberly Gross

A paper by Kimberly Gross, spring 2006 fellow, examines the nature of local television news coverage of crime and its effects on emotional response. Gross presents the results of a content analysis of two months of local television news coverage…

Age in the Press

January 1, 2002, 3:52 pm
By Hans Bergstrom

A paper by Hans Bergstrom, spring 2001 fellow, asks whether, in the face of an aging population, the print media is taking due notice? An aging society, and the issues that such a changing society brings, should affect the press…

No Seat at the Table: The Black-White Appearance Gap in the Election 2000 Story

January 1, 2001, 4:35 pm
By Deborah Mathis

A paper by Deborah Mathis, fall 2000-spring 2001 fellow, examines racial diversity in the media coverage after the Bush-Gore election in 2000. Between November 7, when voters reported to the polls, and December 13, when Gore finally conceded to Bush,…

Framing Identity: The Press in Crown Heights

January 1, 1996, 9:36 am
By Carol B. Conaway

A paper by Carol B. Conaway, fall 1994 fellow, examines the media coverage of the 1991 Crown Heights riot, which was sparked when two Caribbean-American children were struck by an automobile in the motorcade of a Jewish sect leader. Conaway…

Transmitting Race: The Los Angeles Riot in Television News

May 1, 1994, 12:00 pm
By Erna Smith

A paper by Erna Smith, fall 1992 fellow, examines framing in the TV news coverage of the 1992 Los Angeles riot. Smith analyzes the content of television broadcasts before, during and after the riot on ten television stations, and draws…

TV Violence, Children and the Press: Eight Rationales Inhibiting Public Policy Debates

April 1, 1994, 12:00 pm
By Sissela Bok

A paper by Sissela Bok, spring 1993 fellow, applies the perspective of philosopher and social critic to analyze public policy debates in the press about violent television. Bok exposes the weaknesses of eight common arguments: 1. America has always been…

The Church, the Press, and Abortion: Catholic Leadership and Public Communication

December 1, 1991, 12:00 pm
By Michael A. Russo

A paper by Michael A. Russo, fall 1990 fellow, addresses the interrelationship between the Catholic Church and the news media in the U.S. abortion debate. Russo tells the story of three Catholic Bishops and how they frame their moral teachings…