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by Frederik E Fallesen

Institution: Roskilde University
Year: 2016
Keywords: media; refugee
Posted: 02/05/2017
Record ID: 2066385
Full text PDF: http://rudar.ruc.dk/handle/1800/26255


This thesis investigates the news portrayal of the conflict in Europe regarding the huge influxes of refugees that seeks towards the region and what different elements that trigger and affect the framing and agenda setting in the British and Danish media. The analysis has been taken form of a content analysis, which is conducted on behalf of a coding manual that is inspired by the theoretical framework of the thesis. It is separated into three parts: one investigating the framing, another that illuminate the agenda setting, and third one that high the cross-border tendencies in the news coverage. The analysis has been tracking for major events, which is events that have been salient on the media agenda and to some extent have impacted the framing and agenda setting. The thesis shows that the there are tendencies of a cross-national news coverage on the refugee, especially in relation the major events. One of these events was “The Paris attacks”, which completely changed the news portrayal of the refugee crisis in the media in both Britain and Denmark. The thesis includes a comprehensive overview, or mapping, of the sources that have been dominating in the news portrayal, as well as how they each represented the public and the political agenda. Moreover, it highlights the great impact of news agencies on the international news content. Advisors/Committee Members: Lynggaard, Kennet (advisor).