How Iowa newspapers mirror and shape the attitudes and opinions of Iowans about immigration

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Brown, Patti
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Dennis Chamberlin
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Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication
The Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication offers two majors: Advertising (instructing students in applied communication for work in business or industry), and Journalism and Mass Communication (instructing students in various aspects of news and information organizing, writing, editing, and presentation on various topics and in various platforms). The Department of Agricultural Journalism was formed in 1905 in the Division of Agriculture. In 1925 its name was changed to the Department of Technical Journalism. In 1969 its name changed to the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications; from 1969 to 1989 the department was directed by all four colleges, and in 1989 was placed under the direction of the College of Sciences and Humanities (later College of Liberal Arts and Sciences). In 1998 its name was changed to the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication.
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With heightened concerns for national safety since the September 11 terrorist attacks and with more than 12 million foreign nationals who lack proper entry documentation residing in the United States, stories about illegal immigration has been among the top news stories. Using the both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies, including content analysis, case study, and opinion research polling conducted by researchers at the University of Iowa, this study (1) explores framing effects as an independent variable and posits that media frames can find their way into and thus influence audience frames; (2) examines how three community newspapers covered complex and emotionally charged stories of federal immigration raids in two Iowa communities, and; (3) looks at the tone of that coverage in relationship to public opinion polling of Iowans' attitudes regarding illegal immigration and public policy options to address the current illegal immigration situation in the United States.

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