ERIC Number: ED246422
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Coverage or Cover-up: A Comparison of Newspaper Coverage of the 19th Amendment and the Equal Rights Amendment.
Smith, Linda Lazier
A study compared newspaper coverage of the women's suffrage movement in the 1920s with coverage of efforts to pass the Equal Rights Amendment in the 1970s and early 1980s, to see if the similar movements with different outcomes were treated similarly or differently by the press. A content analysis of relevant articles in the "New York Times" and "Indianapolis Star" was conducted for both time periods. The unit of analysis was the paragraph, and for each story the headline, story length, and placement by page were noted. Categories examined included content (reports or opinions), orientation (event or issue), and tone (favorable or unfavorable). The analysis revealed the following results: (1) actual press coverage (story content) was very similar for both amendments in both papers, (2) tone of coverage was more positive for the suffrage amendment, (3) the suffrage amendment earned more coverage, with 60% more stories than the Equal Rights Amendment and some 90% more inches over more coverage days, (4) the suffrage amendment earned more "favorable" stories, with nearly 42% located on the front page, and (5) no difference was noted in coverage in terms of event or issue orientation. (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Equal Rights Amendment; Womens Suffrage
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (67th, Gainesville, FL, August 5-8, 1984).