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Vicinity and consequence: A qualitative text analysis of the news report during the case Mild
Jönköping University, School of Education and Communication, HLK, Media and communication science.
Jönköping University, School of Education and Communication, HLK, Media and communication science.
2008 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 points / 15 hpStudent thesisAlternative title
Närhet och konsekvens : En kvalitativ textanalys av nyhetsrapporteringen kring fallet Mild (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

This report investigates the news reporting of two net based newspapers during the killing of a student in Jonkoping, Sweden. The two papers which are investigated are one local and one national and the main purpose is to see the differences between these two papers under two different conditions. First is the question of which the meaning of range of the place where the situation was and where the papers offices are placed. It’s interesting to see if there are any direct differences in the reporting between the papers due to its closeness to the actual place. Second is based on the situation, a close relative to the dead student was a celebrity, a well known persons from various mediums. This person was anonymous in the initial phase but was revealed by the media. This ads to the question how the investigated papers reports and what they focus on when this information is revealed.

After a formal analysis we found some interesting differences between the papers. We also discovered some new information that wasn’t answers to our mains questions but was important and relevant to the context. We found that both newspapers used two categories of articles, “the inform” article and the “story-telling” article and the differences between the papers was not in these categories but instead in the language and expressions.

This led to the first main question, which we found some differences between the papers. The local papers use names on places in a higher level than the national. They also have more articles to describe places and people in the direct surrounding of the dead student and the place were she lived. The local paper is also more objective and constrained in their “inform” articles.

The main differences we could see were in the second question, the entrance of a national celebrity related to the case. The national newspaper put a much greater focus on this celebrity than the local paper. Even if the celebrity at that time didn’t commented the event, the national paper published pictures and tried to write about him as a person in his situation. Even if this celebrity were of great news value to both papers the local papers used the information more objective and silenced in contrast of the other events in the whole news reporting.

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2008. , p. 38
Keywords [en]
Close (near), Celebrity, Web based newspapers, News value, News reporting
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Media and Communications
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-1126OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-1126DiVA, id: diva2:3565
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