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The Contingencies of Ordinary Citizen Appearances in Political Television News
University of Southern Denmark.
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Information Technology and Media. (DEMICOM)
2011 (English)In: Journalism Practice, ISSN 1751-2786, E-ISSN 1751-2794, Vol. 5, no 6, 657-671 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

While few would deny the crucial role of citizens in democratic governance, there are still only a few studies that focus on ordinary citizens’ inclusion in political news coverage. First, we present a number of factors conditioning ordinary citizens’ appearances in the news. Second, based on the discussion of these factors, we formulate a number of research questions. After conducting an extensive content analysis covering almost 6000 actors appearing in political news coverage in the two major Danish broadcasters, DR1 and TV2, between 1994 and 2007, we find that ordinary citizens appear more often in reports on intrusive issues such as welfare, that they appear more often in news items positioned later in the news bulletins, that they, largely speaking, appear more often closer to election day, but that there are almost no differences between commercial and public service broadcasting. These findings are discussed in the light of past research on media source use and the ongoing changing foundations of political communication.

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2011. Vol. 5, no 6, 657-671 p.
Keyword [en]
commercialization, content analysis, news coverage, news sources, ordinary citizens
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Media and Communications
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-15436DOI: 10.1080/17512786.2011.603967Local ID: DEMICOMOAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-15436DiVA: diva2:467795
Available from: 2011-12-19 Created: 2011-12-19 Last updated: 2011-12-19Bibliographically approved

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