Visual representations of (Syrian) refugees in European newspapers

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Publication 1-year master student thesis
Title Visual representations of (Syrian) refugees in European newspapers
Author(s) van Schaik, Richard
Date 2016
English abstract
Newspapers importantly shape our constructed realities. Based on this assumption, I analysed if and how (Syrian) refugees were represented on 1180 front pages of European newspapers in the period June – October 2015. There were significant differences among the various newspapers in their selection of articles, their pictures and their perspectives. I explained these differences by looking in which country a newspaper was published and whether it was a sensationalist or serious newspapers. Most attention was paid, however, on visual themes that were common to all of them. My research was informed by Grounded Theory and I used other theories from media and communication studies and Communication for Development (ComDev) for the analysis. I related my findings about the reporting on refugees to previous discussions on NGO reporting. I argued that, even though both NGOs and newspapers report about similar issues, there has been a surprising lack of reflection on representations in newspapers. Furthermore, the discussions that emerged in the ComDev-discourse did not seem to have affected newspapers much. Given that newspapers potentially influence many more people, I sought to connect ComDev-discussions to traditional media, which might be a starting point for a more ethic journalism.
Publisher Malmö högskola/Kultur och samhälle
Pages 62
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) refugees
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