Illegal: The Representation of Immigrants in Newspapers in Southern Spain and the Southwest United States
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This thesis employs critical discourse analysis to study the representation of immigrants in newspapers in southern Spain and the southwest United States. The research employs exploratory and ad-hoc analysis to draw conclusions regarding the use of vocabulary and metaphor in immigration news articles archived in national and regional newspapers over a two-month time period. The textual analysis is paired with a summary of social cognitive, agenda-setting, cultivation, and cognitivist media theories and in-depth interviews with migrants and journalists. In its conclusion, this thesis provides recommendations for journalists and publications in how to better improve immigration reporting.