U.S. media coverage of Brittany Maynard’s choice to die: how ideology and framing converged

Kimberly Lauffer, Sean Baker

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Abstract

In 2014 Brittany Maynard, 29, diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, moved from California to Oregon, one of few U.S. states with legal aid in dying, so she could determine when and how she would die. We used theoretical constructs of framing, ideology, and hegemony as we inductively identified frames that emerged from the coverage in prominent U.S. publications and contextualized them within existing hegemonic attitudes. Although news frames initially focused on an event (her decision), they eventually covered thematic issues underlying her decision. Overall, frames reflected existing and changing ideological beliefs about aid in dying.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)180-193
Number of pages14
JournalAtlantic Journal of Communication
Volume28
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 26 2020

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