Online media as gatekeepers in the 2016 presidential debate
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The third Republican presidential debate on CNBC attracted lots of coverage because of controversial performance of both moderators and candidates. I studied the coverage of the debate from the New York Times, USA Today, Politico and Slate, by analyzing 156 stories on the four publications. Under the framework of gatekeeping theory, I found that digital platforms enhanced the diversity of stories�?? genres, but presentation in digital media is more dramatic, which reinforced gatekeeping bias. Journalists in the digital era had better to find a balance between original reporting and aggregating. Meanwhile, reporters in digital media tend to find more unconventional and interesting angles, while reporters in traditional media preferred more comprehensive stories.