Setting the news agenda with an ethnic‐relevant topic: Public salience of illegal immigration

Michael B. Salwen, Frances Matera

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Abstract

This study investigated news media agenda‐setting with the issue of illegal immigration. Respondents in Phoenix, Arizona, assessed their self‐identified “most important problem”; differently from illegal immigration along several dimensions. The “most important problem”; measure, often used in agenda‐setting, was rated higher on experience, interest, and a series of evaluations than the ethnic‐relevant problem of illegal immigration. Although findings failed to indicate differences between Hispanics’ (mostly Mexican‐Americans) and non‐Hispanics’ perceptions of illegal immigration, Hispanics assigned greater interest to illegal immigration than non‐Hispanics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)329-341
Number of pages13
JournalHoward Journal of Communications
Volume8
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1997

Keywords

  • Agenda‐setting
  • Ethnicity
  • Hispanics
  • Immigration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Strategy and Management

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