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Political news journalism: Mediatization across three news reporting contexts
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Media and Communication Science. (DEMICOM)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5218-4452
2014 (English)In: European Journal of Communication, ISSN 0267-3231, E-ISSN 1460-3705, Vol. 29, no 5, 583-597 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Election coverage has a tendency to frame politics as a strategic game, to increase the role of

journalists as interpreters of issues and events and to include a conflict frame, and thus indicating

increased mediatization. However, political news research outside of the election indicates that

news media are less independent from political actors. Drawing on literature on mediatization,

media interventionism, political news journalism, news framing and source use, the purpose of this

article is to empirically investigate whether election coverage is representative of other political

journalism in terms of degree of mediatization. The study is based on a systematic comparison

of three content analyses using the same coding schedule and procedure from coverage of the

Financial Crisis 2008, the Election Campaign 2010 and routine political news coverage 2012

in Sweden. The main conclusion from this study is that mediatization of media coverage is

substantially influenced by the specific context of the news.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. Vol. 29, no 5, 583-597 p.
Keyword [en]
Mediatization, media independence, political journalism
National Category
Media and Communications
URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-22710DOI: 10.1177/0267323114538853ISI: 000342810700004ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84907440689Local ID: DEMICOMOAI: diva2:743070

Publ online Jul 2014

Available from: 2014-09-03 Created: 2014-09-03 Last updated: 2015-06-24Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Context matters. Interactions between news media, political actors and citizens in elections and crises
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Context matters. Interactions between news media, political actors and citizens in elections and crises
2015 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sundsvall: Mid Sweden University, 2015
Mid Sweden University doctoral thesis, ISSN 1652-893X ; 221
National Category
Social Sciences
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-25238 (URN)DEMICOM (Local ID)978-91-88025-23-4 (ISBN)DEMICOM (Archive number)DEMICOM (OAI)
Public defence
2015-06-12, M102, 10:17 (English)
Available from: 2015-06-24 Created: 2015-06-24 Last updated: 2015-06-24Bibliographically approved

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