At the beginning of 2017, there were nationwide protests in Romania against attempts by the ruling Social Democrats to change anti-corruption legislation. These demonstrations, the largest since 1989, were attended by more than 500.000 people on some days. From a communication science perspective the protests are revealing because in addition to interpersonal, face-to-face communication different technical media were used by protesters to spread texts and pictures very quickly and easily. After a theoretical discussion about publics, counter publics and cultures of protest we analyze the coverage of three romanian daily newspapers (print and online): how did Adevărul, Jurnalul Naţional and Evenimentul Zilei write about the demonstrations, the forms of protest and about the media, which were used by the people? We also examine slogans and keywords, which became very popular in and outside Romania. The method is a qualitative content analysis. Their results indicate specific frames. Taking into account the current scientific debate on media and publics and the success of protest movements in times of digitalization we reflect the findings of the case-study.