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Research Article

Homelessness Coverage, Social Reality, and Media Ownership: Comparing a National Newspaper with Two Regional Newspapers in Canada

Mao Y1, Richter MS2*, Kovacs Burns K3 and Chaw-Kant J4

1Department of Media and Communication, Erasmus University, Rotterdam

2Faculty of Nursing at the University of Alberta, Canada

3Health Sciences Council, University of Alberta, Canada

4Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta, Canada

*Corresponding Author:
Richter MS
Associate Professor
Faculty of Nursing at the University of Alberta, Canada
E-mail: [email protected]

Received Date: May 15, 2012; Accepted Date: June 14, 2012; Published Date: June 16, 2012

Citation: Mao Y, Richter MS, Kovacs Burns K, Chaw-Kant J (2012) Homelessness Coverage, Social Reality, and Media Ownership: Comparing a National Newspaper with Two Regional Newspapers in Canada. J Mass Commun Journalism 2:119. doi:10.4172/2165-7912.1000119

Copyright: © 2012 Mao Y, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

Abstract

The media plays an important role in the discourse of homelessness. The purpose of this study was to compare how two Alberta newspapers (Calgary Herald and Edmonton Journal) and one national newspaper(the Globe and Mail) covered homeless issues in terms of population, main themes, article type, monthly differences, and critical time periods. Through purposive sampling technique, 449 articles from 1987 to 2007 were selected for analysis, including 128 news articles from the Edmonton Journal, 152 from the Calgary Herald and 169 from the Globe and Mail. A content analysis showed that these newspapers have different agenda settings for homelessness related issues. We argue that the differences among the newspapers’ coverage on homelessness are directly related to media ownership, and the unique economic and political structure and ideology at national and provincial levels.

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