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Kampen om tidningssidorna: landsort vs. storstad: En kvantitativ innehållsanalys av landsorts- och storstadsnyheter i två rikstäckande tidningar
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
2015 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
The battle of the newspaper pages: rural vs. urban : A quantitative content analysis of rural and urban news in two national newspapers (English)
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this essay is to examine and compare the news covering of Swedens three biggest cities (the metropolitan areas) and their surrounding areas with the covering of the rest of the country (the provincial areas) in two daily national newspapers, Aftonbladet and Dagens Nyheter. The aim has been to answer the following questions:- What amount of the news coverage in Aftonbladet and Dagens Nyheter concern the metropolitan areas compared to the provincial areas, and how do these two newspapers differ in the news covering of these areas?- Is there a difference in the news articles size and content, depending on weather they concern the metropolitan or the provincial areas?- How has the balance between news concerning metropolitan and provincial areas changed over the recent 20 years?The theories used in this study are News values, the media commercialization and Popular Journalism, and The Agenda Setting Theory. The method that has been used is a Quantitative Content Analysis.Despite the essays hypothesis, that the news coverage in the two newspapers would be dominated by material from the metropolitan areas, the result showed that a majority of the examined articles concern the provincial areas. It also showed that Aftonbladet has a bigger percentage of provincial news than Dagens Nyheter. The result also pointed towards the conclusion that the metropolitan areas and the provincial areas are similarly represented in the news, regarding the articles’ sizes and content.The overall conclusion in this study is that the fact that the provincial areas are being overrepresented in the examined newspapers news coverage ought to mean that the consumers of these papers are probable to get a wide, true image of what is Sweden, considering the Agenda setting theory and it’s view on how the media’s priorities will become important to the public.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 33 p.
Keyword [en]
Journalism, quantitative content analysis, Aftonbladet, Dagens Nyheter, rural news coverage, urban news coverage, news values, agenda-setting
Keyword [sv]
Journalistik, kvantitativ innehållsanalys, Aftonbladet, Dagens Nyheter, glesbygdsbevakning, storstadsbevakning, nyhetsvärdering, dagordningsteorin
National Category
Media and Communications
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-101584OAI: diva2:800738
Educational program
Bachelor Programme in Journalism
Available from: 2015-04-07 Created: 2015-04-07 Last updated: 2015-04-09Bibliographically approved

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