Innovating Qualitative Framing Analysis for Purposes of Media Analysis Within Public Health Inquiry

K. Foley, P. Ward, D. McNaughton

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Public health is said to lack methodological diversity and creativity in media analysis. Although the framing paradigm offers important conceptual and operational insights for undertaking media analysis in public health research, frames are described as “elusive” to measure with their analysis a “methodological black box.” With this article, we aim to foster creative thinking around media analysis in public health and to make the “black box” of framing analysis more transparent, by illustrating the innovation and application of a qualitative framing analysis technique in original public health research. We provide a “how to” guide for this framing analysis method and use data to illustrate methodological challenges encountered during the research. The findings drawn from this method are contrasted with findings gained from thematic analysis applied to the same data. The article concludes by considering the benefits of this type of framing analysis within public health scholarship.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1810-1822
Number of pages13
JournalQualitative Health Research
Issue number12
Early online date9 Feb 2019
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2019


  • frame
  • framing
  • interdisciplinary public health
  • media analysis
  • method
  • methodology
  • qualitative
  • qualitative research
  • United Kingdom


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