GSTF Journal on Media & Communications (JMC)

, 2:6

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Broken Promises

Agenda Setting and tone in news stories about North Korea’s nuclear program
  • Butler CainAffiliated withUniversity of AlabamaWest Texas A&M University
  • , Kristina DrumhellerAffiliated withWest Texas A&M UniversityUniversity of Missouri-Columbia


After North Korea conducted its third nuclear test despite sanctions to deter its nuclear program, U.S. and Korean newspapers reported in different and surprising ways. Although both featured a negative tone, the Korean newspapers focused on community concerns and defense while U.S. papers focused on world leaders.


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