A new report shows the impact of racial justice protests in 2020 on three local newspapers


Racial justice was a central theme of 2020, with protests and demonstrations sweeping streets across the U.S. But how did these events in response to the police killings of George Floyd and many others shape subsequent reporting of policing and crime?

That’s the central question of a new report, published last week, from researchers affiliated with the Media, Inequality and Change Center (MIC) at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School of Communication.

To compile the report, the researchers looked at a year’s worth of news coverage in three major U.S. dailies — The Louisville Courier-Journal, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune and The Philadelphia Inquirer — in cities where there were high-profile police killings of Black citizens (Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and Walter Wallace, respectively).

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