Category: Research abstracts

Guild study finds labor missing on TV news

If you think you don’t see much coverage of unions on national television news, you’re not wrong. A new study finds that, over a three-year period, ABC, CBS, NBC and CNN aired just 141 stories in which unions and the

How the media biopoliticized neoliberalism: or, Foucault meets Marx

This paper seeks to do two things. First, at a theoretical/exegetical level, it demonstrates important affinities between Foucault and Marx(ism): I contend that an opposition between them is misplaced, and their work can be fruitfully combined. Support for this position

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Evidence of Bias in the Chicago Tribune Coverage of Organized Labor A Quantitative Study from 1991 to 2001

Labor leaders contend newspaper coverage of unions is unjustifiably negative and is usually fixated on conflict and corruption. While this attitude is broadly shared across the union spectrum, there has been little actual objective analysis of labor news report- ing

Framing Bias: Media in the Distribution of Power

This article proposes integrating the insights generated by framing, priming, and agenda-setting research through a systematic effort to conceptualize and understand their larger implications for political power and democracy. The organizing concept is bias, that curiously undertheorized staple of public

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Giving Labor the Business? Changes in Business and Labor Reporting from 1980 to 2000

This study empirically examines the extent to which business journalism has taken over labor reponing between 1980 and 2000. The authors conduct a content analysis of The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Associated Press during this time frame.

“Labor’s Monkey Wrench”: Newsweekly Coverage of the 1962-63 New York Newspaper Strike

This article provides a frame and textual analysis of coverage appearing in Time, Newsweek, and U.S. News & World Report of the 114-day 1962-63 strike of the International Typographical Union Local 6 against New York City newspapers. The strike was

Newspaper Coverage of the U.S. Labor Movement: The Case of Anti-Union Firings.

If the news media covered anti-labor events such as anti-union firings, the publicity potentially could galvanize community support for workers’ unionization efforts. But, when workers are illegally fired for supporting a union, do the news media cover the story? And

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The News About the Newsworkers: press coverage of the 1965 American Newspaper Guild strike against The New York Times

Since the 1960s the North American newspaper industry has mobilized two key forces against journalists’ collective endeavors toward better pay and job security: heightened corporate power and workplace technology. This paper considers a decisive third force: the creation and control

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World Without Workers: Prime Time’s Presentation of Labor

The recently released Machinists’ television study confirms Mij Lieberthal observation that television maligns workers and their unions. The study concludes that the contributions of work, workers and unions to society are grossly underestimated and distorted. The purpose of this paper

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