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Remain or leave? : How British newspapers frame the EU referendum 2016 : a framing analysis of the Brexit debate

Botta, Katarina (2018) Remain or leave? : How British newspapers frame the EU referendum 2016 : a framing analysis of the Brexit debate.

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Abstract:The following study examines British news coverage of the EU referendum 2016 (Brexit) in order to identify and investigate the most frequently used news frames and attitude of the newspapers towards Brexit. Based on previous framing research, five news frames were found to be applied continuously in issues regarding EU politics and EU integration, these include: the conflict, economic consequences, attribution of responsibility, human interest and the strategy frame. Based on the literature review, I hypothesize that the conflict and strategy frame are the most apparent frames in the media coverage, followed by the economic consequences frame. The results of this paper are in line with the hypothesis. The second focus of the analysis regards the tone of the media regarding the EU referendum, with previous media analysis pointing to a heavily positive attitude towards Brexit. From the five newspapers under investigation, The Daily Mail and The Daily Telegraph were found as being in favour of LEAVE, while The Daily Mirror, The Guardian and The Times were in favour of REMAIN. The results of this study thereby are in line with previous findings and thus strengthen further research on the frequency of frames and the news media’s bias towards Brexit.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:Management Society and Technology BSc (56654)
Link to this item:https://purl.utwente.nl/essays/75774
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