Media’s Not Setting Sex Trafficking Agenda

The sex trafficking industry poses a clear and present threat in society, but the American public seems to be unaware of the gravity of the issue within the U.S. Analyzing the agenda setting theory by focusing on stories on the New York Times and CNN websites gives evidence that the media failed to inform the public. The public’s lack of awareness was found to be due to the presence of social media and the birth of online newspapers. For a bigger impact, the media can create a social consensus through more high profile articles and personal stories and place them in prominent, high trafficked areas of their websites.

Learn more at Danielle Martinelli’s Student Pulse article: U.S. Media’s Failure to Set the Agenda for Covering Sex Trafficking.


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