McNair Scholars Research Journal


During a series of life-changing events within the African American community, Breonna Taylor, who identified as a Black woman, was fatally shot in her home on March 13, 2020, by a Louisville, Kentucky police officer. Coverage from major media outlets reported that the actions taken by the police department were unorganized and reckless, leading to an international uproar. This study uses Framing Theory to examine more than 100 headlines from CNN, ABC News, MSNBC News, and Fox News related to Taylor’s killing. The headlines were analyzed through the frames of situations, choice, action, issues, and responsibility in an attempt to understand this tragedy from a communication perspective.