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Master's Professional Reports Abstract

An Analysis of Race, Ethnicity, and Class Related Policies as Reported by the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times

This professional report will discuss how daily newspapers actively frame policy issues with certain biases and slants, with a specific focus on The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times and the issues of crime, immigration/Proposition 187, welfare reform and affirmative action. Because framing rarely involves prevarication, this report will discuss how the issues of content omission, sourcing, newsroom culture, and lack of employee diversity contribute to the perpetuation of framing within the professional journalism field. The report will conclude with recommendations to increase press accountability within daily newspaper reporting.

--Author's foreword.