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"Det är fruktansvärt det som hänt. Jag bor alldeles här borta": En kvalitativ studie om mordet på Lisa Holm i Aftonbladet och Skaraborgs Allehanda
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Media and Journalism.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Media and Journalism.
2016 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The aim of the study was to examine how two newspapers covered the murder of Lisa Holm. The questions examined were: How are Lisa Holm, the perpetrator and the local community represented and what are the differences and similarities between the local news paper, Skaraborgs Allehanda, and the tabloid, Aftonbladet? 

We made a discourse analysis of 13 news articles from six different time periodes. The result shows that the victim is represented as an innocent, young girl who is described as good, happy and perfect. The local news paper represents her as a part of the local community and the tabloid is highlighting attributes that people can identify with. The perpetrator is represented as an evil and callous foreign in both newspapers, but Aftonbladet also represents him as a usual person. Skaraborgs Allehanda focus on his guilt of the murder. The local community is represented as a certain group with common emotions who is also the light in the darkness. They share the grief and help each other to process it. The tabloid focus on highlighting the geografic closeness between the people in the articles and the murder. In Aftonbladet, the local community is also described as a dangerous place. Our study shows that the distance between the newspaper and the crime scene affect the representations of the people involved.  

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 38 p.
Keyword [en]
Lisa Holm, victim, perpetrator, local community, media and crime, discourse analysis, Aftonbladet, Skaraborgs Allehanda, local newspaper, tabloid, comparison
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-49180OAI: diva2:896686
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Journalism and Media Production Programme, 180 credits
Available from: 2016-02-03 Created: 2016-01-22 Last updated: 2016-02-03Bibliographically approved

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