A112. Fuller, R. P. & Rice, R. E. (2014). Lights, camera, conflict!  Newspaper framing of the 2008 Screen Actors Guild negotiations. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 91(2), 326-343.


This study examines coverage of the 2008-2009 negotiations between the Screen Actors Guild and the Alliance for Motion Picture and Television Producers, through 148 articles published in The Hollywood Reporter, The Los Angeles Times, and The New York Times. News coverage tended to focus on actions, strategies and procedures; unions’ actions against management rather than management’s actions against unions; intra- and inter-union conflict rather than conflict within management; and economic consequences only in a broad sense. This study situates framing of unions in the broader literature, and offers recommendations to journalists who cover media and other industries, labor-framing researchers, and media unions.

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