Hearts and Minds: How Day Laborers are Represented in the Media

National Day Laborer Organizing Network


This report analyzes the content articles about day laborers published between 1991 and 2011 in eight major U.S. newspapers. In total, the study analyzes the content of 1,240 news stories and editorials published by these news sources. The following questions guided the analysis: How are day laborers represented in the print media? What are readers learning about day laborers? How are various frames used to define the “day labor problem” and prescribe “solutions” to this so-called problem? Who is framing this issue?

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