Framing the death penalty: An examination of dominant frames in New York Times articles from 1972 to 1976
Wei Wang wrote a research paper exploring the way the New York Times framed the death penalty during the only federal moratorium on the punishment, from 1972 to 1976, and how that framing may have affected public opinion on the topic.
Wang conducted a content analysis of 256 New York Times articles that were indexed with the topic “capital punishment” to determine whether each article leaned pro-death penalty or anti-death penalty during the moratorium. Wang concluded that the New York Times’ coverage of the death penalty was more in favor of the punishment than opposed.
Wang’s work was featured at the Spring 2023 Undergraduate Research Symposium.