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‘It’s better than blaming a dead young man’: Creating mythical archetypes in local coverage of the Mississippi River drownings

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>1/01/2013
Issue number1
Number of pages17
Pages (from-to)61-77
Early online date16/04/12
<mark>Original language</mark>English


This study provides a glimpse at myth within newswork created at the local level during a time of death. Through an analysis of news coverage of the drownings of 10 young men in Wisconsin over 13 years, we examine how myth and narrative are used not just for larger, national or global moments, but within the local newspaper, in news stories that may be influenced by the needs of the local community.