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”Han placerade pekfingret mot avtryckaren och iscensatte blodbadet.”: En kvalitativ studie om Aftonbladets nyhetsrapportering av Las Vegas-skjutningens gärningsman och offer
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Media and Journalism.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Media and Journalism.
2018 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
“He placed his forefinger on the trigger and staged the bloodbath.” : A qualitative study of Aftonbladets news coverage about the perpetrator and victims in the Las Vegas shooting. (English)
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study was to examine how the swedish newspaper Aftonbladet portrays the Las Vegas shooting in october 2017. Our research questions were: How is Stephen Paddock portrayed?, How is the victims portrayed? and How does Aftonbladet portray Stephen Paddocks motive of the shooting?

With a qualitative framing analysis we examined a total of 19 articles and identified several frames that the perpetrator and the victims is described with.

The result shows that Stephen Paddock is framed as evil, cold, lone wolf, a massmurderer and a systematic perpetrator. But we also identified a frame when he is portrayed as a “normal” individual. The victims are framed as goodhearted and ideal victims. Aftonbladet’s way of reporting is charatherized by sensationalism, emotionalism and intimacy which is typical for a tabloid newspaper. Aftonbladet also describes the course of events with rich details, which also is typical for tabloids. When this study was conducted, the motive and cause of the attack was still unknown. With that in mind, we identified several frames where Aftonbladet is trying to answer the question of what motive the perpetrator could have had. They portray Stephen Paddocks gambling and psychotic brain as possible reasons of the attack. 

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2018. , p. 49
Keyword [en]
Las Vegas, crime, masshooting, Stephen Paddock, perpetrator, victim, framing, frames, journalism, media, Aftonbladet
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Media and Communications Humanities and the Arts
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-70109OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-70109DiVA, id: diva2:1177160
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Journalism and Media Production Programme, 180 credits
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Available from: 2018-01-25 Created: 2018-01-24 Last updated: 2018-01-25Bibliographically approved

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