Newspapers and Neighborhood Economic Change
Abstract: Gentrification presents differently in different neighborhoods depending on how it is defined and measured, and newspaper coverage of gentrification competes with other topics that reporters define as newsworthy. In this thesis, 57 articles from The Boston Globe and The New York Times were both read individually and analyzed with sentiment analysis software in order to study the relation... read moreship between newspaper reporters' use of the term "gentrification" and the tone of their coverage. Articles focused on Jamaica Plain in Boston, Massachusetts and Williamsburg in Brooklyn, New York. The results found a statistically significant relationship between tone and mention of gentrification: articles that mention gentrification tend to be more negative than those that do not. The way newspaper reporters weave their coverage of gentrification together with coverage of related urban issues suggests that policymakers might consider using new tax revenue from gentrification to help needy residents rather than trying to stop it.
Thesis (M.A.)--Tufts University, 2017.
Submitted to the Dept. of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning.
Advisor: Justin Hollander.
Committee: Mary Davis.
Keyword: Urban planning.read less