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86 Dagar 16 timmar 25 minuter: En kvantitativ innehållsanalys av nyhetsbevakningen kring oljeutsläppet i mexikanska golfen 2010
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Social Sciences.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Social Sciences.
2011 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
86 Days 16 hours 25 minutes : A quantitative content analysis of the news watch surrounding the Gulf of Mexico oil spill 2010 (English)
Abstract [en]

Purpose: When the Deepwater Horizon oilrig in the Gulf of Mexico faced disaster in late April 2010, news coverage immediately began of the disaster that would unfold. BP took the blame and its financial resources were strained as it struggled with stopping the oil leak, cleanup work as well as its PR image. While the US took many blows of the consequences to ecosystem and tourism, financial consequences swept across the world, mainly Britain, where BP had its headquarters.The event gives an excellent chance at comparing the media coverage from both the US and Britain. By studying The Daily Telegraph and The New York Times, we want to see both similarities and differences in the themes they focused on as well as seeing trends in the themes over time.

Theories: The theory chapter is heavily based around the Agenda-setting theory in the media communication field.

Methodology: A quantitative content analysis (QCA) of some 500 news articles in The Daily Telegraph and The New York Times from April 22 to July 15. The QCA was made to find the main theme of articles to give us data on how many articles of each theme, as well as their distribution over time. The collected data was ultimately made into diagrams.

Conclusion: The two newspapers have a clear difference in that the New York Times have a more than twice the articles published compared to The Daily Telegraph. They do however both share some trends in the themes with some exceptions. Looking at the distribution of these themes within each newspaper, it’s clear that the British newspaper focused more heavily on BP while the American was focusing more heavily on consequences.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. , 38 p.
Keyword [en]
Agenda-setting, framing, quantitative content analysis, news watch, BP, Gulf of Mexico oil spill, media communication
National Category
Media and Communications
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-12124OAI: diva2:420810
Subject / course
Media and Communications Science
Educational program
Advertising, Graphic Design and Visual Communication Programme, 180 credits
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2011-06-14 Created: 2011-06-06 Last updated: 2011-06-14Bibliographically approved

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