Uncovering rape: The watchdog press and the limits of agenda setting

David L. Protess*, Donna R Leff, Stephen C. Brooks, Margaret T. Gordon

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This article reports the findings of the second in a series of field experiments on the agenda-setting effects of news media investigative reports. The authors used a pretest-posttest quasi-experimental design to assess the impact of a newspaper investigative series about rape on a randomly selected group of Chicagoans and a purposive sample of policy makers. Unlike the first study, the series had a minimal impact on public opinion and policy making, but affected profoundly the subsequent newspaper coverage of rape.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)19-37
Number of pages19
JournalPublic Opinion Quarterly
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 1985

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • History
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Social Sciences(all)
  • History and Philosophy of Science


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