Communication stages and public issue coverage

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Based on previous research studies of issue coverage by newspapers, this article sets forth a model of stages in the development of public issue coverage. The model describes five different stages in issue development and the nature of journalistic coverage at each stage. A content analysis pilot test on two issues generally supports the model, and the authors suggest how the model might be used as a guide by media gatekeeper

VanLeuven, J. K., & Ray, G. W. (1988). Communication stages and public issue coverage. Newspaper Research Journal, 9(4), 71-83.

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