Research Mentor(s)

Brian J. Bowe

Description

Source representation in media impacts the public’s perception of social issues and groups represented. This study examines the extent to which coverage by The New York Times of the #MeToo movement includes a diverse background of victims of sexual assault and harassment. An extension of research is added to scholarly discourse on framing of sexual assault victims and the inclusivity of the Times’ reporting on sexual assault. Human sources most often sourced in #MeToo-related stories analyzed were white female victims who held jobs in the entertainment industry or politics. The second most often represented source was found to be white male assaulters who held jobs in the entertainment industry or politics. This study found that The New York Times coverage is not as inclusive as it could be in regards to source representation.

Document Type

Event

Start Date

17-5-2018 9:00 AM

End Date

17-5-2018 12:00 PM

Department

Journalism

Keywords

#MeToo, Me Too, movement, The New York Times, sexual assault, framing

Rights

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Language

English

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#Me Too: An Analysis on Whose Sexual Assault Stories The New York Times Publishes

Source representation in media impacts the public’s perception of social issues and groups represented. This study examines the extent to which coverage by The New York Times of the #MeToo movement includes a diverse background of victims of sexual assault and harassment. An extension of research is added to scholarly discourse on framing of sexual assault victims and the inclusivity of the Times’ reporting on sexual assault. Human sources most often sourced in #MeToo-related stories analyzed were white female victims who held jobs in the entertainment industry or politics. The second most often represented source was found to be white male assaulters who held jobs in the entertainment industry or politics. This study found that The New York Times coverage is not as inclusive as it could be in regards to source representation.

 

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