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Är "no news" verkligen "good news"?: En studie av hur tre svenska webbtidningar rapporterar om fem konflikter och hur teorierna CNN-effekten och Stealth Conflicts kan förklara detta
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Political Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Political Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2014 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Is no news truly good news? : A study of how three Swedish web-based newspapers report about five conflicts and how this can be explained by using the two theories the CNN effect and Stealth Conflicts (English)
Abstract [en]

Is there any truth in the saying “no news is good news” or is there a reason to question whether media actually do reflect the world’s worst conflicts proportionally? The communication technologies have seen major developments in recent years, and more and more people choose to read their news on the Internet. With smartphones and other devices, one could imagine that there would be easier to cover more conflict areas than ever – but is this what has happened?

In this study we aimed to investigate how three chosen Swedish newspapers reflected five of the on-going conflicts of 2012 and how this can be explained with the theories; the CNN effect and Stealth Conflicts. We started out with studies of the two theories. The definition of “conflict” used in this study is Uppsala Conflict Data Program’s “war and minor conflict”. Then a quantitative study followed, where we used the three newspapers’ websites to search for articles about our chosen conflict areas: Algeria, Israel, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Syria.

The conclusion of this study is that there is, at least among our chosen newspapers, a disproportionate covering of the world’s conflicts, with the exception of Syria. This matches largely with how the two theories explain the media’s covering of conflicts, but we found a deeper explanation in the Stealth Conflict theory, though the CNN effect stood for interesting points as well. The theories could benefit from a merger since that would create a theory with a wider range of explanation tools of why the conflict news reports looks and works the way it does and of its consequences. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 47 p.
Keyword [en]
media, conflict, CNN Effect, Stealth Conflicts
National Category
Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-103932ISRN: LIU-IEI-FIL-G--14/01083--SEOAI: diva2:693215
Subject / course
Bachelor Thesis in Political Science
2014-01-17, Linköping, 13:00 (Swedish)
Available from: 2014-04-15 Created: 2014-02-03 Last updated: 2014-04-15Bibliographically approved

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