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A three alarm fire : a content analysis on the prevalence of frames in the case of the Schiphol fire.

Hartmann, K. (2016) A three alarm fire : a content analysis on the prevalence of frames in the case of the Schiphol fire.

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Abstract:This thesis will assess the representation of facts regarding the Schiphol fire in 2005. The goal of this research is to determine the effect of new information on the prevalence of frames, established immediately after the event, through which the media present the news. The research question of this thesis is ‘What are the differences in framing between de Telegraaf and NRC Handelsblad about the Schiphol fire and what are the effects of new information on the framing of the Schiphol fire by these two newspapers?’ In this research, there will be attention for two major newspapers in the Netherlands, namely de Telegraaf and NRC Handelsblad, and their reporting regarding the Schiphol fire and the subsequent events. A comparison is made between the frames used by de Telegraaf and NRC Handelsblad at two different moments in time, being the actual Schiphol fire on October 27th, 2005, and the publishing of the research findings report by the Dutch Safety Board on September 21st, 2006. In this research, all news articles by NRC Handelsblad and de Telegraaf regarding the Schiphol fire are used in a content analysis, determining the dominant frames regarding the incident and the differences between both newspapers. The frames after both incidents are compared in order to elaborate on the possible difference in frame prevalence after the second event. The research shows that there is a significant difference in frame prevalence for only one frame, being the Attribution of Responsibility frame.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:Management Society and Technology BSc (56654)
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