Research

Is the future of news(papers) online?

My research addresses key issues (and troubles) facing the online news industry with scholarly work from a media economics perspective. These issues, as time goes by, are becoming only more important as many opportunities have turned into challenges. My goal is to clarify the (often misunderstood) economic nature of online news by contributing fact-based research and logical reasoning to the current discussion about the future of (online) journalism.

Book

Book

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Chyi, H. I. (2015). Trial and error: U.S. newspapers’ digital struggles toward inferiority. Media markets monographs, 14. University of Navarra (Spain).
[featured in Media Life Magazine] [featured in The Sunday Independent (largest paper in Ireland)] [featured in Editor & Publisher] [featured in 風傳媒] [book review in Journalism Studies]

Journal Articles

Journal Articles

Chyi, H. I. & Tenenboim, O. (2016). Reality check: Multiplatform newspaper readership in the U.S., 2007-2015. Journalism Practice. iFirst.
[Highlight on publisher’s site] [featured in Media Life Magazine] [featured in The Sunday Independent] [featured in 台北市雜誌同業公會網站]

Chyi, H. I., Lewis, S. C., & Zheng, N. (in press). Parasite or partner? Coverage of Google News in an era of news aggregation. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly.

Chyi, H. I., Lee, A. M., & Holton, A. (2016). Examining the third-person perception on news consumers’ intention to pay. Electronic News, 10(1), 24-44.
[Highlight on publisher’s site] [featured on Journalist’s Resource]

Lee, A. M., & Chyi, H. I. (2015). The rise of online news aggregators: Consumption and competition. International Journal on Media Management, 17(1), 3-24. Lead paper. Third Place, News Audience Research Paper Award from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.
[Highlight on publisher’s site] [featured on Journalist’s Resource]

Lee, A. M., & Chyi, H. I. (2014). When newsworthy is not noteworthy: Examining the value of news from the audience’s perspective. Journalism Studies, 15(6), 807-820.
[Highlight on publisher’s site] [featured on Nieman Lab blog]

Tennant, J. I. & Chyi, H. I. (2014). Reducing publication decreases U.S. college newspaper revenue. Newspaper Research Journal, 35 (4), 98-112.

Lee, A. M., & Chyi, H. I. (2014). Motivational Consumption Model: Exploring the psychological structure of news use. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 91(4), 706-724.
[Highlight on publisher’s site]

Ju, S. A., Jeong, S., & Chyi, H. I. (2014). Will social media save newspapers? Examining the effectiveness of Facebook and Twitter as news platforms. Journalism Practice, 8(1), 1-17. Lead paper.
[Highlight on publisher’s site]

Chyi, H. I. & Lee, A. M. (2013). Online news consumption: Structural models linking preference, use, and paying intent. Digital Journalism, 1(2), 194-211.
[Highlight on publisher’s site] [featured on Nieman Lab blog]

Chyi, H. I. (2013). Are “digital natives” dropping print newspapers? A national survey of college newspaper advisers. #ISOJ – The Official Research Journal of the International Symposium on Online Journalism, 3(1), 5-18. Lead paper.
[Kindle version]

Huang J. S., Yang, M. J. & Chyi, H. I. (2013). Friend or foe? Examining the relationship between portal news and newspaper sites in Taiwan. Chinese Journal of Communication, 6(1), 103-119.
[Highlight on publisher’s site]

Holton, A. & Chyi, H. I. (2012). News and the overloaded consumer: Factors influencing information overload among news consumers. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 15(11): 619-624.
[Highlight on publisher’s site] [featured on Nieman Lab blog]

Chyi, H. I. (2012). Paying for what? How much? And why (not)? Predictors of paying intent for multiplatform newspapers. International Journal on Media Management, 14(3), 227-250.
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Chyi, H. I. & Chadha, M. (2012). News on new devices: Is multi-platform news consumption a reality? Journalism Practice, 6(4), 431-449.
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Chyi, H. I., Lewis, S. C., & Zheng, N. (2012). A matter of life and death? Examining how newspapers covered the newspaper “crisis.” Journalism Studies, 13(3), 305-324.
[Highlight on publisher’s site] [Powerpoint]

Zheng, N., Chyi, H. I., & Kaufhold, W. (2012). Capturing “human bandwidth”: A multi-dimensional model for measuring attention on Web sites. International Journal on Media Management, 14(2), 157-179.
[Highlight on publisher’s site]

Yang, M. J. & Chyi, H. I. (2011). Competing with whom? Where? And why (not)? An empirical study of U.S. online newspapers’ competition dynamics. Journal of Media Business Studies, 8(4), 59-74.

Chyi, H. I. (2011). From a distance: A ZIP Code analysis of U.S. online newspaper readers. Newspaper Research Journal, 32(3), 97-111.

Chyi, H. I. & Huang J. S. (2011). Demystifying the demand relationship between online and print products under one newspaper brand: The case of Taiwan and the emergence of a universal pattern. Asian Journal of Communication, 21(3), 243-261.
[Highlight on publisher’s site]

Chyi, H. I. & Sylvie, G. (2010). Are long-distance users an inconvenient truth? Profiling U.S. newspapers’ online readership in the dual-geographic market. International Journal on Media Management, 12(2), 93-112.
[Highlight on publisher’s site]

Chyi, H. I., Yang, M. J., Lewis, S. C., & Zheng, N. (2010). Use of and satisfaction with newspaper sites in the local market: Exploring differences between hybrid and online-only users. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 87(1), 62-83.
[PDF] [featured on AEJMC’s website as “research you can use”]

Chyi, H. I. & Yang, M. J. (2009). Is online news an inferior good? Examining the economic nature of online news among users. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 86(3), 594-612. 2010-2011 UT Austin College of Communication Faculty Research Award.
[Abstract & Powerpoint] [full-text PDF] [featured on AEJMC’s website as “research you can use”] [featured on Nieman Journalism Lab blog] [featured on a blog on Dutch Journalism] [featured on a Japanese blog] [UT Austin College of Communication Faculty Research Award] [featured on an Australian blog] [A Chinese version of this article is published in Global Media Journal, 11(3), 1-15.]

Chyi, H. I. & Lewis, S. C. (2009). Use of online newspaper sites lags behind print editions. Newspaper Research Journal, 30(4), 38-53.
[abstract & Powerpoint] [PDF] [featured on AEJMC’s website as “research you can use”] [featured on Reynolds Journalism Institute website]

Chang, H. C. & Chyi, H. I. (2009). Voting with their feet: The relationship between political efficacy and protest propensity among Hong Kong residents. Taiwan Journal of Democracy, 5(2), 1-18. Lead paper.
[highlight] [PDF]

Sylvie, G. & Chyi, H. I. (2007). One product, two markets: How geography differentiates online newspaper audiences. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 84(3), 562-581.
[highlight] [cited by 13 studies]

Chyi, H. I. (2005). Willingness to pay for online news: An empirical study on the viability of the subscription model. Journal of Media Economics, 18(2), 131-142.
[highlight] [cited by 43 studies]

Chyi, H. I. & McCombs, M. (2004). Media salience and the process of framing: Coverage of the Columbine school shootings. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 81(1), 22-35.
[highlight] [cited by 83 studies]

McCombs, M., Chyi, H. I., & Kiousis, S. (2004). How the news media set the agenda. DOXA Comunicacion.

Chyi, H. I. & Lasorsa, D. (2002). An explorative study on the market relation between online and print newspapers. Journal of Media Economics, 15(2), 91-106.
[highlight] [cited by 62 studies]

Chyi, H. I. & Hu, Y. (2002). An economic analysis of the top 20 websites in China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. [Chinese]. Communication & Management Research, 2(1), 1-21. Lead paper.
[highlight]

Chyi, H. I. & Sylvie, G. (2001). The medium is global, the content is not: The role of geography in online newspaper markets. Journal of Media Economics, 14(4), 231-248.
[cited by 51 studies]

Chyi, H. I. & Sylvie, G. (2000). Online newspapers in the U.S.: Perceptions of markets, products, revenue, and competition. The International Journal on Media Management, 2(2), 13-21.
[cited by 36 studies]

Chyi, H. I. & Lasorsa, D. (1999). Access, use, and preferences for online newspapers. Newspaper Research Journal, 20(4), 2-13. Lead paper.
[cited by 78 studies]

Chyi, H. I. & Sylvie, G. (1998). Competing with whom? Where? And How? A structural analysis of the electronic newspaper market. Journal of Media Economics, 11(2), 1-18. Lead paper.
[cited by 78 studies]

Book Chapters

Book Chapters

Chyi, H. I. & Lee, A. M. (in press). Will the Internet disrupt? A reality check on the performance of online and traditional formats across five media. In A. Powers, G. Tsourvakas, & Z. Vukanovic (Eds.), Consumption and branding value networks in new media markets. Porto, Portugal: Media XXI Publishing House.

Chyi, H. I. & Yang, M. J. (2013). Who would miss getting news online and why (not)? Examining the emotional attachment to online news – an inferior good. In F. L.F. Lee, L. Leung, J. L. Qiu, & D. S.C. Chu (Eds.), Frontiers in new media research (pp. 173-190). New York: Taylor & Francis.

Chyi, H. I., Yang, M. J., Sylvie, G., Lewis, S. C., & Zheng, N. (2013). One product, three markets: How market segmentation informs newspapers about their online readership. In G. Sylvie (Ed.), Newsroom decision-making: Under new management (pp. 223-255). Lisbon: Mediaxxi Formalpress.

Chyi, H. I. (2009). Information surplus and news consumption in the digital age: Impact and implications. In Z. Papacharissi (Ed.), Journalism and citizenship: New agendas (pp. 91-107). New York: Taylor & Francis.
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Chyi, H. I. & Chang, H. C. (2009). Examining the use of and preference for online news in the context of intermedia competition. In L. Leung, A. Fung & P. S. N. Lee (Eds.), New opportunities and challenges of the Internet (pp. 101-123). Hong Kong: The Chinese University Press.
[highlight] [book@Amazon]

Ng, V. & Chyi, H. I. (2009). Explore online advertising effectiveness: How context clutter and repetition influence user attitudes and purchase intent. In L. Leung, A. Fung & P. S. N. Lee (Eds.), New opportunities and challenges of the Internet (pp. 145-164). Hong Kong: The Chinese University Press.

Chyi, H. I. (2006). Re-examining the market relation between online and print newspapers: The case of Hong Kong. In X. Li (Ed.) Internet newspapers: Making of a mainstream medium. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.
[book@GoogleBooks]

Chyi, H. I. & Lasorsa, D. (2006). The market relation between online and print newspapers: The case of Austin, Texas. In X. Li (Ed.) Internet newspapers: Making of a mainstream medium. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.
[highlight] [book@GoogleBooks]

Chyi, H. I. (2005). No one would pay for it? Web content as inferior goods. In A. Zerdick et al. (Eds.), E-Merging Media: Communication and the media economy of the future (p.45). European Communication Council Report. Berlin: Springer-Verlag.

Chyi, H. I. (2004). Niemand will zahlen? Internetinhalte als inferiore Gueter [No one would pay for it? Web content as inferior goods]. In A. Zerdick et al. (Eds.), E-Merging Media: Kommunikation und Medienwirtschaft der Zukunft (pp.45-46). European Communication Council Report. Berlin: Springer-Verlag. (The German version of the previous item).

Chyi, H. I. (1998). The medium is global; the market is not: The umbrella-upgrading model of online newspaper markets. In R. G. Picard (Ed.), Evolving media markets: Effects of economic and policy changes. Turku, Finland: Economic Research Foundation for Mass Communication & Turku School of Economics and Business Administration.

Chyi, H. I. (1996). Digital audio. In A. Grant (Ed.), Communication technology update (5th edition). Boston: Focal Press.

Conference Papers

Conference Papers

Chyi, H. I. & Lee, A. M. (2015). An Apple a day keeps the news away? Examining the commercialization of technology news. Paper to be presented at the annual conference of the International Communication Association, San Juan, Puerto Rico, May 21-25, 2015.

Lee, A. M. & Chyi, H. I. (2014). The rise of online news aggregators: Consumption and competition. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Montreal, Canada, 2014. Third Place, News Audience Research Paper Award from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

Chyi, H. I. (2014). Disrupted or misinformed? A review of U.S. newspapers’ technology-driven strategy. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Montreal, Canada, 2014.

Chyi, H. I. & Lee, A. M. (2014). Transnational media management: Western news organizations’ Web operations in China. Paper presented at the 11th World Media Economics and Management Conference, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, May 12-16, 2014.

Chyi, H. I., Lewis, S., & Zheng, N. (2013). Is Google “stealing” your content? Examining how the news industry framed Google in an era of news aggregation. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Washington, DC, 2013. Second-Place Award from the Online News and Newspaper Division.

Chyi, H. I. & Tennant, J. I. (2013). Less is better? The impact of reduced newspaper publication schedule on advertising revenue. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Washington, DC, 2013.

Lee, A. M. & Chyi, H. I. (2013). News consumption in the age of content aggregation: The case of Yahoo, Google and Huffington Post. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Washington, DC, 2013.

Chyi, H. I. (2013). World news organizations’ Web strategies for the China market: The cases of The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, and The New York Times. Paper presented at the annual conference of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR), Dublin, June 25-29, 2013.

Lee, A. M. & Chyi, H. I. (2013). When newsworthy is not noteworthy: The value of news from audiences’ perspective. Paper presented at the annual conference of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR), Dublin, June 25-29, 2013.

Chyi, H. I. & Guo, L. (2013). The picture of China in our heads: Mapping China on Taiwan’s network media agenda, 1987-2011. Paper presented at the annual conference of the International Communication Association, London, June 17-21, 2013.

Chyi, H. I., Lee, A. M., & Holton, A. (2012). Linking economics to communication research: Exploring the third-person effect on news consumers’ intention to pay. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Chicago, August 9-12, 2012.

Ju, S. A., Jeong, S., & Chyi, H. I. (2012). Will social media “save” newspapers? Examining the effectiveness of Facebook and Twitter as news platforms. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Chicago, August 9-12, 2012.

Chyi, H. I. & Lee, A. M. (2012). Will the Internet disrupt? A reality check on format preference for traditional and digital content across five media. Paper presented at the 10th World Media Economics and Management Conference, Thessaloniki, Greece, May 23-27, 2012.

Chyi, H. I. (2012). Are “digital natives” dropping print newspapers? A national survey of college newspaper advisers. Paper presented at the 13th International Symposium on Online Journalism, Austin, Texas, April 20-21, 2012. Top Rated Research Paper Award.
[Highlight & Powerpoint]

Chyi, H. I. & Lee, A. M. (2012). Theorizing online news consumption: A structural model linking preference, use, and paying intent. Paper presented at the 13th International Symposium on Online Journalism, Austin, Texas, April 20-21, 2012.
[Featured on Nieman Journalism Lab blog]

Chyi, H. I., Lewis, S. C., & Zheng, N. (2011). A matter of life and death? Examining the quality of newspaper coverage on the newspaper crisis. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, St. Louis, August 10-13, 2011.

Holton, A. & Chyi, H. I. (2011). Information surplus, information overload, and multiplatform news consumption: Updating considerations of influential factors. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, St. Louis, August 10-13, 2011.

Yang, M. J., Huang J. S. & Chyi, H. I. (2011). Friend or foe? Examining the relationship between portal news and newspaper sites in Taiwan. Paper presented at the 2011 International Telecommunications Society (ITS) Asia-Pacific Regional Conference, Taipei, Taiwan, June 26-28, 2011.

Chyi, H. I. & Chadha, M. (2011). News on new devices: Examining multiplatform news consumption in the digital age. Paper presented at the 2011 International Symposium on Online Journalism, Austin, Texas, April 1-2, 2011.

Chyi, H. I., Lewis, S. C., & Zheng, N. (2010). Writing their own obituaries? Examining how newspapers covered the newspaper crisis from the media economics perspective. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Denver, August 4-7, 2010.

Chyi, H. I. & Huang J. S. (2010). Demystifying the demand relationship between online and print products under one newspaper brand: The case of Taiwan and the emergence of a universal pattern. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Denver, August 4-7, 2010.

Yang, M. J. & Chyi, H. I. (2010). Competing with whom? Where? And how? An empirical study of online newspaper competition. Paper presented at the annual conference of the International Communication Association, Singapore, June 22-26, 2010.

Zheng, N., Chyi, H. I., & Kaufhold, K. (2010). What is Web traffic worth? A multi-dimensional model for measuring online attention on news sites. Paper presented at the annual conference of the International Communication Association, Singapore, June 22-26, 2010.

Chyi, H. I. & Yang, M. J. (2010). Who would miss getting news online and why (not)? Examining users’ emotional attachment to online news, an inferior good. Paper presented at the International Conference on “Internet Turning 40: Never-Ending Novelty of New Media Research?” Hong Kong, June 17-19, 2010.
[featured on Media Digest]

Chyi, H. I. (2010). From a distance: A ZIP Code analysis of U.S. online newspaper readers. Paper presented at the 9th World Media Economics and Management Conference, Bogotá, Colombia, June 2-6, 2010.

Chyi, H. I., Yang, M. J., Sylvie, G., Lewis, S. C., & Zheng, N. (2009). One product, three markets: How market segmentation informs newspapers about their online readership. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Boston, August 5-8, 2009.
[featured by Jane Singer @Poyter.org]

Chyi, H. I. & Lewis, S. C. (2009). U.S. online newspapers’ performance in local markets: A struggle of inter- and intra-media competition. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Boston, August 5-8, 2009.

Yang, M. J. & Chyi, H. I. (2009). Who competes with online newspapers? An empirical analysis of intra- and inter-media competition in local and long-distance markets. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Boston, August 5-8, 2009.

Chyi, H. I., Yang, M. J., Lewis, S. C. & Zheng, N. (2009). An empirical study of online newspaper readership in local markets: Exploring differences between hybrid and online-only users. Paper presented at the annual conference of the International Communication Association, Chicago, May 21-25, 2009.

Chyi, H. I. & Sylvie, G. (2009). Local versus long-distance: Profiling U.S. online newspaper readers in the dual-geographic market. Paper presented at the “Advances in Audience and Consumer Measurement” Conference, Miami, March 26-29, 2009.

Chyi, H. I. & Yang, M. J. (2008). Is online news an inferior good? Empirically examining the economic nature of online news. Paper presented at the 8th World Media Economics and Management Conference, Lisbon, Portugal, May 18-22, 2008.

Chyi, H. I. (2007). Information surplus and news consumption in the digital age: Impact and implications. Paper presented to the “Journalism and Citizenship: New Agendas” Conference, Austin, Texas, July 13-14, 2007.

Chyi, H. I. & Sylvie, G. (2006). One product, two markets: How geography differentiates online newspaper audiences. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, San Francisco, Aug. 2-5, 2006. Top Paper Award (the Newspaper Division) and International Newspaper Marketing Association Award for Research with Industry Relevance.

Chang, H. C. & Chyi, H. I. (2006). Voting with their feet: The relationship between political efficacy and protest propensity among Hong Kong residents. Paper presented at the annual conference of the International Communication Association, Dresden, Germany, June 19-23, 2006.

Sylvie, G. & Chyi, H. I. (2006). Beyond the local franchise: Re-examining U.S. online newspaper markets. Paper presented at the 7th World Media Economics Conference, Beijing, China, May 15-19, 2006.

Chyi, H. I. & Chang, H. C. (2005). The pictures of China in our heads: How Taiwan news media frame Mainland China, 1987-2004. Paper presented at the 14th Asian Media Information and Communication Center Annual Conference, Beijing, China, July 18-21, 2005.

Chyi, H. I. & Chang, H. C. (2004). Examining the use of and preference for online news in the context of intermedia competition. Paper presented at the “Internet Communication in Intelligent Societies” Conference, Hong Kong, July 8-10, 2004.

Chyi, H. I. (2004). Re-examining the market relation between online and print newspapers: The case of Hong Kong. Paper presented at the annual conference of the International Communication Association, New Orleans, May 27-31, 2004.

Chyi, H. I. (2004). Who would pay for online news? An empirical study on the viability of the subscription model. Paper presented at the 6th World Media Economics Conference, Montreal, Canada, May 12-15, 2004.

Chyi, H. I. (2003). The role of user perception in determining the economic viability of online content. Paper presented at the 8th European Congress of Psychology, “Networking,” Vienna, Austria, July 10, 2003.

Chyi, H. I. (2002). Frame-switching and issue salience: An exploratory study on the framing of the Columbine school shootings. Paper presented at the annual conference of the International Communication Association, Seoul, Korea, July 16, 2002.

Chyi, H. I. (2002). No one would pay for it? Web content as inferior goods. Paper presented at the Fifth World Media Economics Conference, Turku, Finland, May 10, 2002.

Chyi, H. I. & Lasorsa, D. (2001). An explorative study on the market relationship between online and print newspapers. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication, Washington, DC, August 6, 2001.

Hu, Y. & Chyi, H. I. (2001). An economic analysis of the top 20 websites in China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. [Chinese]. Paper presented at the “Chinese Language Media and Culture: Global Communication Perspective” Conference, Lanzhou, PRC. August 21, 2001.

Chyi, H. I. (2000). An economic analysis of the Internet market in Taiwan under the Greater China scheme. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the International Association for Media and Communication Research, Singapore, July 19, 2000.

Chyi, H. I. & Sylvie, G. (2000). The role of geography in online newspaper markets: How global is ‘global’? Paper presented at the annual conference of the International Communication Association, Acapulco, Mexico, June 2000.

Chyi, H. I. & Sylvie, G. (2000). Online newspaper economics: Perceptions of markets, products, revenue, and competition. Paper presented at the annual conference of the International Communication Association, Acapulco, Mexico, June 2000.

Chyi, H. I. & Sylvie, G. (1999). Opening the umbrella: An economic analysis of online newspaper geography. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication, New Orleans, August 1999.

Chyi, H. I. (1999). International students’ information-seeking behavior and re-socialization in a multilingual media environment. Paper presented at the annual conference of the International Communication Association, San Francisco, May 1999.

Chyi, H. I. (1998). The medium is global; the market is not: The umbrella-upgrading model of the online newspaper market. Paper presented at the “Media Beyond 2000” International Conference, London, UK. April 1998.

Chyi, H. I. (1998). Access to, use of, and preferences for online newspapers: A survey of consumers. Paper presented at the mid-winter conference of “Media Convergence,” AEJMC, Dallas, February, 1998. Top paper of the Communication Technology & Policy Division.

Chyi, H. I. & Sylvie, G. (1997). Competing with Whom? Where? And How? A structural analysis of the electronic newspaper market. Paper presented at the annual conference of The Southwest Education Council for Journalism and Mass Communication, Dallas, November, 1997. Award for Excellence in Scholarship.

Chyi, H. I. (1997). Frame switching and issue salience: Framing as a process at the second level of agenda setting. Paper presented at “Framing in the New Media Landscape” conference, Columbia, SC, October 1997.