54 Pages Posted: 20 Aug 2017 Last revised: 21 Aug 2017
Date Written: August 17, 2017
The media can impose reputational costs on firms because of its important role as an information intermediary and its ability to negatively slant coverage. We exploit a quasi-natural experiment that holds constant the information event across firms, but varies the availability of a major news outlet in local markets. We find that firms subject to the threat of slanted coverage suppress the release of negative information before the event and release it subsequently. Our results are consistent with theory on the active role firms can play in managing their reputational capital through anticipatory actions to avoid negative media coverage.
Keywords: Media Slant, Reputational Capital, Strategic Corporate Decisions
JEL Classification: D72, G30, G34
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Baloria, Vishal P. and Heese, Jonas, The Effects of Media Slant on Firm Behavior (August 17, 2017). Journal of Financial Economics (JFE), Forthcoming; Harvard Business School Accounting & Management Unit Working Paper No. 18-015. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3021229