Coverage of domestic violence fatalities by The Fayetteville Observer: Analyzing the military frame

Joseph Scott, Fayetteville State University

Abstract

In 2002, According to the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), North Carolina ranked sixth in the United States for domestic violence murders. Nationally, thousands of women and men were murdered by their present or past spouse, lover, boyfriend or girlfriend with whom they may have shared a child or resided in a single residence (Macy, 2010). The print media have been criticized in the past for its poor coverage of such an important social issue such as domestic violence fatalities (Berns, 2001; Bullock & Cubert, 2002; Meyers, 1997). This study is a qualitative content analysis and explored the frequency and content of domestic violence fatality coverage by The Fayetteville Observer newspaper from January 1, 2002 through December 31, 2002. During the year of 2002, the Fayetteville area was nationally recognized to have a domestic violence problem within its military and civilian community. The aim of this study was to identify the military frame and differences in the domestic violence fatality news coverage of military and civilian offenders, and their victims.^

Subject Area

Journalism|Sociology, Criminology and Penology

Recommended Citation

Scott, Joseph, "Coverage of domestic violence fatalities by The Fayetteville Observer: Analyzing the military frame" (2013). ETD Collection for Fayetteville State University. AAI1524762.
http://digitalcommons.uncfsu.edu/dissertations/AAI1524762

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