English- and Spanish-language media coverage of immigration: A comparative analysis Academic Article uri icon


  • Objective. We apply economic theories of news to explain differences between English- and Spanish-language newspaper coverage of immigration. Methods. Using content analysis and contextual data, we examine newspaper coverage of immigration as a function of economic incentives of news organizations and the language of the newspaper outlet. Results. The results indicate that Spanish-language news outlets generate a larger volume of coverage and more positive coverage of immigration when compared to English-language news outlets. Conclusions. This specific topic is important and politically relevant because of the potential implications variability in media coverage of this issue hold for public opinion on immigration. © 2008 by the Southwestern Social Science Association.

Author List (Cited Authors)

  • Branton, R., & Dunaway, J.

publication date

  • 2008