ISSN(Print): 2709-6254 | ISSN(Online) : 2709-6262 | ISSN-L : 2709-6254


Print Media Framing of Coronavirus: Probing the Second Wave of COVID-19 in Leading Newspapers of Pakistan


  1. Wajeeha Arif
    Resource Person, School of Communication Studies, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
  2. Hummera Hassan
    School of Communication Studies, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
  3. Abdul Rasheed
    Lecturer, School of Law, University of Okara, Okara, Punjab, Pakistan


The outbreak of novel coronavirus pandemic originated from the Wuhan city of China in January, 2020 raised many questions on the extent of health communication crisis. Within few weeks, a massive transmission of virus across the world drew attention of international media. Due to which almost every country around the globe got affected. In that situation, role of media becomes a challenge as majority of people are dependent on media to get information about the disease. Various media intellectuals often criticize media for framing, spreading misinformation and creating panic. Contrarily, many scholars have admired the role of media in disseminating relevant information and educating the public during health crisis. For this study, content analysis under umbrella of framing theory is done to examine the media coverage of the pandemic during second wave of coronavirus in Pakistan. To achieve the objective, two leading Urdu Dailies of Pakistan i.e., Jang and Nawa-i-Waqt are selected for the period of two months. This study adds a value to discourse of mass media practice and implication of different research paradigms in studying media frames critically during the time of crisis.

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Covid-19 Pandemic, Media Framing, Misinformation, Role of Media, Second Wave


Article # 14
Volume # 2
Issue # 3

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DOI Number: 10.47205/jdss.2021(2-III)14
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