The Content and Tone of the Media Coverage with regard to the Refugee Crisis in Dutch Popular and Quality Newspapers

Evers, Florine (2016) The Content and Tone of the Media Coverage with regard to the Refugee Crisis in Dutch Popular and Quality Newspapers.

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Abstract:Immigration has become an increasingly important political issue in many European countries in recent years (Boomgaarden & Vliegenthart, 2009). This has been due, in part, to the increasing number of migrants arriving in Europe. Also media coverage appeared to be one of the influencing factors to the formation of immigration attitudes. Since Europe is dealing with the largest refugee crisis in years, and the content and tone of the Dutch media coverage is still unknown, this study has great practical relevance. Furthermore, the study contributes to scientific knowledge about the use of frame and tone in media coverage with regard to humanitarian crises. With the use of a content analysis (N = 400), two Dutch popular newspapers (De Telegraaf and AD) and two Dutch quality newspapers (NRC Handelsblad and De Volkskrant) have been studied. The content and tone of the media coverage with regard to the refugee crisis from the beginning of July 2015 until the end of April 2016 was investigated. The results showed that the media coverage was most frequently written in terms of responsibility and human interest. Furthermore, the tone of the media coverage of the refugee crisis is mildly negative and differs significantly per type of stakeholder. Besides that, this study determined three possible key events in September, October and January. It appears that all key events influenced the attention to the refugee crisis and thereby the number of published articles with regard to the refugee crisis. Only key event in January significantly influenced the use of frame and tone. Last, the use of the human interest frame is significantly higher in popular newspapers compared to quality newspapers. The tone of the media coverage does not significantly differ between popular and quality newspapers. Keywords: refugee crisis, framing, content, tone, media coverage, key events and newspapers. �
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:18 languages and literature
Programme:Computer Science MSc (60300)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/70816
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