An Exploration Of The Framing Of Collegiate Wheelchair Basketball And Able Bodied Basketball Coverage In Student News Sources
Watson, John Charles
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This study used 160 wheelchair basketball and 160 able bodied basketball articles from student news sources to conduct content and textual analyses. Framing theory and the transactional model were used to explore these relationships through qualitative and quantitative methodologies. The study compared the nature of the wheelchair basketball and able bodied basketball articles and photographs. By adapting previous methods of analysis, I examined metaphor use, article genre, direct quotations, and images. Findings from the present study contributed insight to the body of disability sport media research by providing an exploratory look into the collegiate wheelchair basketball student media coverage and through the uncovering of two media models, termed "content crip" and "A.B. normal crip."