Child Immigrant Detention: Spokesperson Key Messages to Shape Policy and Public Perceptions

Paper to be presented to the Public Relations Division of the International Communication Association 2020 conference, Gold Coast, Australia.

Abstract: Key messages, as delivered through talking points, play a critical role in public relations communications, and are unstudied. This research examines 226 articles containing source attributions to spokespeople related to U.S. immigration policy of child detention during the time period of March 2017 to September 2019. Using agenda-building, framing, and rules theories it investigates how spokespeople shape news coverage and the policy environment related to U.S. immigration policy as it concerns children.

María Len-Ríos 

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