D.C. news media coverage of the district’s Death With Dignity Act

Kimberly A. Lauffer, Sean D. Baker, Natalee Seely

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In 2016, the District of Columbia City Council passed the Death With Dignity Act. Afterward, Congress attempted to block its implementation by first invoking Congress’s power to overturn the law and then, when unsuccessful in that effort, withhold money from the District. Previous studies examining local news media coverage of aid-in-dying legislation have identified several recurrent frames. D.C. news publications invoked those frames as well as others more specific to the District. Understanding how aid in dying and related legislation is portrayed in newspaper coverage is important as more jurisdictions consider legalization of the practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-70
Number of pages18
JournalNewspaper Research Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2020


  • District of Columbia
  • aid in dying
  • framing
  • journalism
  • quantitative analysis


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