U.S. Television News about the Smartphone: A Framing Analysis of Issues, Sources, and Aspects

Seok Kang 1 *, Kwan Min Lee 2, Yomali De La Cerda 1

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This study examines TV news networks’ coverage of the smartphone from the news framing perspective. A content analysis was conducted on 2,792 TV news transcripts about the smartphone from four major TV news networks (ABC, CBS, NBC, and CNN) in the US during the time period from 2000 to 2012 in terms of issues, sources, and episodic/thematic aspects. Results found that US TV news emphasized ease of use, performance, and Apple issues. News sources of professors, the government, and industry analysts were frequently used. TV news framed episodic aspects more than thematic ones.


TV News Framing Smartphone News Aspects


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Online Journal of Communication and Media Technologies, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp. 174-196

Published Online: 15 Jan 2015

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