Analysis of Newspaper Coverage
Dr. Juan S. Luque, assistant professor at Georgia Southern University Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health, along with graduate students, Ms. Angel Bowers and Mr. Ahmed Kabore, from the School of Public Health as well as Mr. Ric Stewart, an undergraduate student in the department of sociology, conducted a text-driven content analysis of the newspaper coverage on Georgia’s 2011 immigration law. The article titled “Who Will Pick Georgia’s Vidalia Onions? A Text Driven Content Analysis of Newspaper Coverage on Georgia’s 2011 Immigration Law” was published in the Spring 2013 issue of Human Organization. Media accounts on debates around immigration reform in the United States have framed a range of arguments from supporting tougher immigration enforcement to providing amnesty to the large numbers of unauthorized immigrants currently living in the country.
The article discusses the potential social and economic impacts of the Georgia anti-immigration bill House Bill (HB) 87 as framed by newspaper stories leading up to the bill’s passage in 2011. Additionally, it examines differences in argument framing of the media coverage between major metropolitan newspapers compared to bilingual (English and Spanish) newspapers in Georgia. The article also reports on participant observation of political advocacy meetings held in rural Georgia to advise distressed Latino immigrants about the bill’s implications.
Results indicated metropolitan newspapers were more likely to frame arguments in support of the bill that the federal laws were inadequate to control illegal immigration. The political advocacy meetings framed arguments around the questionable constitutionality of the law and the racial overtones of the legislation (e.g., racial profiling). The implications of these immigration debates for Georgia’s current immigration policy are discussed.
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