Publication Date

Fall 12-2020


School of Communication


Communication Studies: Journalism


COVID-19, Coronavirus, Twitter, Media Framing, Disease Narrative


This study analyzes how The New York Times framed the coronavirus pandemic via Twitter. Using framing theory, this study examines a collection of tweets from The New York Times Twitter account during the week of March 13-20, 2020, which was the week following President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency. Each tweet was manually cataloged according to a specific set of qualifying keywords. From the collected tweets, this study identified four dominant frames that characterized The New York Times’ coverage of the pandemic during the week of March 13, 2020. This study also discusses the structure of the “disease narrative” and the rise of Twitter as a legitimate source for news.