Second-level agenda setting in China : A comparison of media frames and online public frames in a disaster context

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Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 25 May 2017

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TitleThe 67th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association : Interventions: Communication Research and Practice
LocationHilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel
PlaceUnited States
CitySan Diego
Period25 - 29 May 2017

Abstract

This study explores the relationship between media frames and online opinion frames and the relationship of their affective tones in a disaster context in China. Based on framing theory and second-level agenda setting, the study employs a content analysis of 506 media posts and 2908 individuals’ Weibo posts regarding Tianjin port explosion incident in China. Results show that the media tend to describe the disaster in a neutral way, while present the activities of firemen and political leaders in a rather positive manner. By Contrast, the public use more emotional tones to frame the disaster, and show their negative emotions towards the political leadership and media objectivity. Although media frames and Weibo users’ frames are significantly correlated, the results show little support for media influence on the affective tones individuals linked to the frames.

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Second-level agenda setting in China : A comparison of media frames and online public frames in a disaster context. / ZHANG, Nan; AI, Minwei.

2017. Paper presented at The 67th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association : Interventions: Communication Research and Practice, San Diego, United States.

Research output: Conference Papers (RGC: 31A, 31B, 32, 33)32_Refereed conference paper (no ISBN/ISSN)peer-review