From reporters to revolutionaries: john reed and george f. weeks during the mexican revolution
Swennes, Amanda Elyse
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As embedded correspondents in Mexico in 1914, John Reed and George F. Weeks framed news stories on the Mexican Revolution for American audiences, presenting primarily the view of the victorious Constitutionalist rebels. In this study, framing theory and textual analysis are used to investigate the selection, emphasis, interpretation and exclusion of attributes that organize news stories. Analysis showed that both Reed and Weeks framed their news reports to emphasize the military superiority of the Constitutionalists over the federals, the superior leadership of Pancho Villa and Venustiano Carranza, and the humanity of the Mexican peasant population. This study lays the groundwork for future research on news framing by embedded correspondents through the lenses of framing theory and textual analysis.