A Meta-Analysis of News Media’s Public Agenda-Setting Effects, 1972-2015

Yunjuan Luo, Hansel Burley, Alexander Moe, Mingxiao Sui

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This study used rigorous meta-analytic approaches to analyze empirical agenda-setting studies published from 1972 to 2015, and 67 studies that met the inclusion criteria for analysis produced a moderate grand mean effect size of 0.487. A multiple regression analysis revealed one most notable predictor that classified the basis for the study correlation as either content categories or survey participants. A multiple regression of a subgroup using content categories produced homogeneity. The mean effect size for these studies was 0.51. This is an indication of consistency in findings across agenda-setting studies and the presence of strong news media’s public agenda-setting effects.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)150-172
Number of pages23
JournalJournalism and Mass Communication Quarterly
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2019


  • agenda setting
  • media agenda
  • meta-analysis
  • news media
  • public agenda


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