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Metacoverage and mediatization in U.S. Presidential elections: A theoretical model and qualitative case study


D'Angelo, P; Esser, F (2014). Metacoverage and mediatization in U.S. Presidential elections: A theoretical model and qualitative case study. Journalism Practice, 8(3):295-310.

Abstract

This article develops a theoretical model consisting of three mechanisms that link metacoverage, a type of election campaign news, to mediatization, a meta-process in which media organizations influence politics. The mechanisms hinge on the point that metacoverage—consisting of both topics and frames—constitutes a rich set of process-oriented cues that influence how campaign organizations adjust to the media logic in the course of performing functions associated with the office-seeking political campaign logic. A case study of 2012 US presidential election news was conducted to illustrate how metacoverage influences campaign strategies.

This article develops a theoretical model consisting of three mechanisms that link metacoverage, a type of election campaign news, to mediatization, a meta-process in which media organizations influence politics. The mechanisms hinge on the point that metacoverage—consisting of both topics and frames—constitutes a rich set of process-oriented cues that influence how campaign organizations adjust to the media logic in the course of performing functions associated with the office-seeking political campaign logic. A case study of 2012 US presidential election news was conducted to illustrate how metacoverage influences campaign strategies.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, further contribution
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Mass Communication and Media Research
Dewey Decimal Classification:700 Arts
Language:English
Date:2014
Deposited On:25 Feb 2015 11:05
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 19:01
Publisher:Routledge
ISSN:1751-2786
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1080/17512786.2014.889446

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