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Framing the Financial Crisis: An unexpected interaction between the government and the press
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: 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.

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2014. Vol. 8, no 1, 1-21 p.
Keyword [en]
Event-driven news, Frame-building; Indexing, Media independence, Official dominance
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Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-21633DOI: 10.7458/obs812014752Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84898640206Local ID: DEMICOMOAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-21633DiVA: diva2:708337
Available from: 2014-03-27 Created: 2014-03-27 Last updated: 2016-10-20Bibliographically approved
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1. Context matters. Interactions between news media, political actors and citizens in elections and crises
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2015 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sundsvall: Mid Sweden University, 2015
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Mid Sweden University doctoral thesis, ISSN 1652-893X ; 221
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Social Sciences
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urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-25238 (URN)DEMICOM (Local ID)978-91-88025-23-4 (ISBN)DEMICOM (Archive number)DEMICOM (OAI)
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2015-06-12, M102, 10:17 (English)
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Available from: 2015-06-24 Created: 2015-06-24 Last updated: 2015-06-24Bibliographically approved

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