Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
The purpose of this study is to examine the rhetoric that is used in online news articles about sexual assault to see if discriminatory language is prevalent when reporting on different races. A content analysis of 100 online news articles was conducted to answer two research questions: 1) In what ways, if any, does the media use discriminatory rhetoric in online news articles when reporting on sexual assault offenders who are, or appear to be, racial minorities? 2) In what ways, if any, does the media use discriminatory rhetoric in online news articles when reporting on sexual assault victims who are, or appear to be, racial minorities? Further, each article was selected using a systematic-random sample and analyzed using a mixed-methods instrument specifically created for this research. Results of the study were inconclusive due to methodological issues. Recommendations for future research on the topic are discussed.
"The Weight of Words: A Content Analysis of Rhetoric in Online News Articles Reporting on Sex Crimes"
(2019). Master of Arts (MA), Thesis, Sociology/Criminal Justice, Old Dominion University, DOI: 10.25777/9vc8-5y97