ERIC Number: ED332171
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Miami's Spanish-Language Newspapers Report the l988 Presidential Primary.
Salwen, Michael B.; Subervi-Velez, Federico A.
Because the fast-growing Hispanic population of the United States has little political and economic power (a problem which has been linked to a lack of media attention to this group), a study sought to determine to what extent Miami's Spanish-language newspapers provided Hispanic angles to the l988 presidential primary. Miami's two Spanish-language daily newspapers, "El Neuvo Herald" and "Diario Las Americas," were analyzed. Stories--excluding advertising content, editorials and letters to the editor--that dealt with the presidential primaries were coded two ways: (1) for candidate(s), if any; and (2) according to whether or not the story made any reference to Hispanic concerns. Finally, stories were coded by topic, i.e., the election itself, candidate/party platforms, and campaign activities. The results from the two Miami newspapers were compared to the presidential primary coverage of "La Opinion" of Los Angeles. Results indicated that the papers cannot be justifiably accused of overlooking Hispanic concerns; there seemed to be a slight tendency for stories dealing generally with the candidate or party platform and those dealing with general political news to address Hispanic concerns; and some evidence suggests that the coverage followed the partisan policies of the newspapers. (Two tables of data are included, and 78 references are attached.) (NH)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Florida (Miami); Media Coverage; News Bias; Political Rhetoric; Presidential Primaries
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (74th, New Orleans, LA, November 3-6, l988). Research funded by a grant from the Tinker Foundation.