News media of the U.S. and China play a crucial role in leading to their publics’ misunderstanding of the other nation and lacking of mutual understanding. Because of differences in cultural and ideological identity and social construction, conscious or unconscious framing of the other nation and its people prevails in the two nations’ news media. The reciprocal news frames employed promote a particular problem definition, causal interpretation, or moral evaluation by selecting certain aspects of a perceived reality and making them more salient. As national images can determine and govern both individual and institutional attitudes and behavior toward a nation, it is important to look into the reciprocal images of China and the United States that have been framed and how they are framed by the news coverage between these two nations. This paper reviews literature of news framing theory and research, and examines the news frames exerted on the reciprocal China-U.S. news coverage and their cause and effect. By pointing out the adverse effect of news framing, the author attempts to call on journalistic objectivity and audience autonomy.
|Publication status||Published - 26 May 2012|
|Event||ICA 2012 - 62nd Annual International Communication Association Conference: Communication and Community - Phoenix, United States|
Duration: 24 May 2012 → 28 May 2012
|Conference||ICA 2012 - 62nd Annual International Communication Association Conference|
|Period||24/05/12 → 28/05/12|