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Hyperlocals Matter: Prioritising Politics When Others Don’t
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Media and Communication Science.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8591-5108
2020 (English)In: Journalism Practice, ISSN 1751-2786, E-ISSN 1751-2794Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

This study examines the democratic contribution of hyperlocal media in Sweden in an electoral context. A quantitative content analysis of digital news material is used to examine which topics are prioritised, and which actors get to participate in the local public sphere. Political content is further studied to learn whether it varies between a normal news week and a week during the election campaign. The analysis also examines whether there is a relationship between media density and editorial focus. The results indicate that this segment of hyperlocals—online and independent of legacy media—fills an important function on several democratic levels, including an increased level of editorial coverage of political topics towards an election, a wider distribution of sources and the facilitation of forums for debate. 

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2020.
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democracy, election, hyperlocal media, media density, political content, Sweden
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Media and Communications
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-38702DOI: 10.1080/17512786.2020.1739551ISI: 000519852400001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85081611366OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-38702DiVA, id: diva2:1416726
Available from: 2020-03-25 Created: 2020-03-25 Last updated: 2020-04-03

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