Understanding Variations in the Framing of People Living With HIV: A Mixed-Methods Study of Photos in Chinese News

Viorela Dan, Chunbo Ren

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Abstract

We explore the framing of people living with HIV in news photos from China through two studies. Study 1 consists of a Q-sort exercise and post-sorting qualitative interviews with 10 Chinese individuals. Insights are used to develop operational definitions of visual frames for use in Study 2, a quantitative content analysis. News photos of 290 people living with HIV are analyzed in Study 2 (2000–2015). Results reveal unique features of Chinese news photos, such as blurring and pixelation despite positive framing. They also suggest variations in news framing by region (community structure).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)200-220
Number of pages21
JournalJournalism and Mass Communication Quarterly
Volume98
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2021

Keywords

  • China
  • HIV
  • community structure
  • framing
  • mixed methods
  • visual communication
  • visual framing

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