International News Coverage and Foreign Image Building: Agenda Setting, Persuasion, and Framing in the Formation of Public Image toward the Foreign States in Japan, 1987-2015

Migration research cluster

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Gold Conference Room | UC Davis

This study gives the comprehensive understanding of when and how media influences foreign perceptions. Also, it makes three methodological contributions. First, it presents the integrative framework to study different types of media effects. The analysis shows that three media functions – agenda-setting, persuasion, and framing – can be captured by distinctive measurements, and have different implications. Second, the use of longitudinal data makes it possible to explore implications beyond cross-sectional studies. It enables us to study long-term, in addition to short-term, influence of media coverage. Third, it introduces partially automated ways to extract information from headline texts. Those methods may both reduce the time and increase reliability in data generation process compared to the method of fully-manual human-coding.

Gento Kato
Gento Kato
Ph.D. Student, Department of Political Science, UC Davis

Gento Kato, a Political Science Ph.D. Student at University of California, Davis. He is originally from Kobe, the port city located in west Japan. He received his B.A. in Politics from International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan in 2012, and got his M.A. in Political Science from Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan in 2015. His specialties are Political Behavior, Political Psychology, and Japanese Politics, with particular interest in the role of information in voting and political decisions.

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