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According to Robert Entman (1993), to frame is “to select some aspects of a perceived reality and make them more salient in a communicating text, in such a way as to promote a particular problem definition, causal interpretation, moral evaluation, and/or treatment recommendation for the item described” (p. 52). This study explores the use of frames in coverage of Hurricane Katrina in The New York Times and USA Today. Special emphasis is placed on Entman’s functions of framing—defining problems, diagnosing causes, making moral judgments, and suggesting remedies—as they relate to the sources used in articles.


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