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The Observatory’s Press Database is an organized collection of articles published by Mexican press outlets regarding disappearance cases in the states of Coahuila, Guerrero, Jalisco, and Nuevo León, from 2009 to mid-2018.  Our research objectives in this study are threefold. Using these articles as well as interviews with journalists in Mexico, this study seeks to complement the Observatory’s previous analyses about disappearances in these four states, learning what we can from press reports about “who was doing what to whom.”  We also want to explain the social and political impacts of spot news reporting techniques for disappearance cases. Finally, we used the press database to  engage with academic literature to understand which disappearance cases are considered newsworthy and why.