College

College of Arts & Letters

Department

Sociology/Criminal Justice

Program

Criminology & Criminal Justice (Ph.D.)

Publication Date

4-2021

Abstract

In March 2018, the Pueblo Sin Fronteras migrant caravan began making their way to the U.S. border, drawing political and media attention from the United States. News coverage of immigrants and migration events have historically been linked to negative topics and framed as threats to the American way of life. These negative themes emerged against the backdrop of the Trump administration’s response to the caravan, describing migrants as threats to U.S. border security. To examine how the news media portrayed this event, we conducted a summative content analysis of online news articles from CNN and Fox News covering the 2018 Pueblo Sin Fronteras migrant caravan to determine whether variation exists in the representation of the migrant caravan between liberal and conservative mainstream media outlets. Our study reveals that both CNN and Fox participated in agenda setting by framing migrants and the migrant caravan in ways they saw fit.

Keywords

CNN, Fox News, Pueblo Sin Fronteras migrant caravan, Migration, Migrants, Immigrants

Disciplines

Criminology | Journalism Studies | Mass Communication | Migration Studies | Social Justice

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Migrant or Menace: Media Representations of the Migrant Caravan


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