Community-Engagement Summer Fellowship

An Analysis of Traditional News Media Coverage of anti-Asian Racism in 2020

Author Full Name
Poojit Hegde


In this project, we explore the coverage of the rise in violence against Asian Americans. In particular, we aim to investigate the realm of news media coverage on issues related to anti-Asian racism and responses during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic. We build our analysis on data collected by the Virulent Hate project on incidents of racism and response involving Asian Americans, based on articles published by traditional news media sources. In addition, we have performed other related work such as interviews, including with one of the founders of the Stop AAPI Hate movement, Dr. Russell Jeung. Altogether, we hope this work can contribute to the understanding of anti-Asian racism and responses, and in particular the media coverage regarding these issues.

Read the final paper here.