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Context matters. Interactions between news media, political actors and citizens in elections and crises
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Media and Communication Science. (Demicom)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5218-4452
2015 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sundsvall: Mid Sweden University , 2015.
Series
Mid Sweden University doctoral thesis, ISSN 1652-893X ; 221
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-25238Local ID: DEMICOMISBN: 978-91-88025-23-4 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-25238DiVA: diva2:825736
Public defence
2015-06-12, M102, 10:17 (English)
Opponent
Supervisors
Available from: 2015-06-24 Created: 2015-06-24 Last updated: 2015-06-24Bibliographically approved
List of papers
1. Political news journalism: Mediatization across three news reporting contexts
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Political news journalism: Mediatization across three news reporting contexts
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.

Keyword
Mediatization, media independence, political journalism
National Category
Media and Communications
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-22710 (URN)10.1177/0267323114538853 (DOI)000342810700004 ()2-s2.0-84907440689 (Scopus ID)DEMICOM (Local ID)DEMICOM (Archive number)DEMICOM (OAI)
Note

Publ online Jul 2014

Available from: 2014-09-03 Created: 2014-09-03 Last updated: 2017-12-05Bibliographically approved
2. Framing the Financial Crisis: An unexpected interaction between the government and the press
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Framing the Financial Crisis: An unexpected interaction between the government and the press
2014 (English)In: OBS - Observatorio, ISSN 1646-5954, E-ISSN 1646-5954, Vol. 8, no 1, 1-21 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study explores the dynamic interaction between government and news media in the frame-building process, the process of shaping journalistic news frames, during the financial crisis that erupted in September 2008. The unexpected as well as event-driven character of the financial crisis is expected to create dynamics that challenge journalists' dependence on powerful political actors as the national government by opening up the news gate wider to various voices and perspectives. However, the findings of this study indicate unexpected results as the government dominates the frame-building process. In order to empirically explore the frame-building process, this paper employs framing theory to analyse political actors' messages and news media coverage. The study employs two sets of data, the first a content analysis of news coverage and the second a content analysis of political messages, during a three month period in Sweden following the eruption of the financial crisis. Overall, the results of this study indicate that powerful political actors' ability to influence frame-building follows the predictable pattern of indexing also during an unexpected event thus limiting press independence.

Keyword
Event-driven news, Frame-building; Indexing, Media independence, Official dominance
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-21633 (URN)10.7458/obs812014752 (DOI)2-s2.0-84898640206 (Scopus ID)DEMICOM (Local ID)DEMICOM (Archive number)DEMICOM (OAI)
Available from: 2014-03-27 Created: 2014-03-27 Last updated: 2017-12-05Bibliographically approved
3. Priming effects during the financial crisis: accessibility and applicability mechanisms behind government approval
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Priming effects during the financial crisis: accessibility and applicability mechanisms behind government approval
2014 (English)In: European Political Science Review, ISSN 1755-7739, E-ISSN 1755-7747, Vol. 6, no 4, 597-620 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study investigates priming effects during the global financial crisis that erupted in September 2008. Using two longitudinal data sources on public opinion dynamics in Sweden between 2007 and 2010, we find no evidence of a basic priming hypothesis. Drawing upon the distinction between accessibility and applicability mechanisms, however, additional analysis indicates that priming of economic considerations was moderated by citizens’ attributions of responsibility for current economic developments. These results support the notion of priming as a two-step process, whereby heavy news coverage of the

financial crisis increases the accessibility of economic considerations among the audience, but whether these considerations are used in government approval assessments depends on their perceived applicability as well.

Keyword
accessibility, applicability, economic voting, financial crisis, priming effects
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-21087 (URN)10.1017/S1755773913000258 (DOI)000342919600005 ()2-s2.0-84911392249 (Scopus ID)DEMICOM (Local ID)DEMICOM (Archive number)DEMICOM (OAI)
Note

Published online: 02 January 2014

Available from: 2014-01-20 Created: 2014-01-20 Last updated: 2017-10-20Bibliographically approved
4. Non-significant or difficult to measure: A panel study of agenda-setting effects in the contemporary media environment
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Non-significant or difficult to measure: A panel study of agenda-setting effects in the contemporary media environment
(English)Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
National Category
Media and Communications
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-25244 (URN)
Available from: 2015-06-24 Created: 2015-06-24 Last updated: 2015-06-24Bibliographically approved
5. Where you lead we will follow: A longitudinal study ofstrategic political communication and inter-partyrelations in election campaigning
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Where you lead we will follow: A longitudinal study ofstrategic political communication and inter-partyrelations in election campaigning
(English)Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
National Category
Media and Communications
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-25245 (URN)
Available from: 2015-06-24 Created: 2015-06-24 Last updated: 2015-06-24Bibliographically approved

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