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No news from the East? Predicting patterns of coverage of Eastern Europe in selected German newspapers


Weber, P (2010). No news from the East? Predicting patterns of coverage of Eastern Europe in selected German newspapers. International Communication Gazette, 72(6):465-485.

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The aim of the article is to expand the scope of news flow parameters that can be predicted from country characteristics and to propose an enhanced explanatory model for news flow prediction.Based on the theory of newsworthiness, an unconsidered determinant of international news coverage is identified: it is hypothesized that, next to the generalized interest in high‐status and close countries, there is an issue bound interest in some countries that predicts coverage.To test the model, the study investigated the coverage of Eastern European nations in 2006 in German newspapers. Results showed that, beyond mere amount of coverage, permanence of coverage of a country, topical variability, and variability in journalistic presentation (genres) of a country can be predicted from a country’s status and proximity. Additionally, it was shown that issue bound interest is a key determinant of the amount and continuity of coverage a country receives.

The aim of the article is to expand the scope of news flow parameters that can be predicted from country characteristics and to propose an enhanced explanatory model for news flow prediction.Based on the theory of newsworthiness, an unconsidered determinant of international news coverage is identified: it is hypothesized that, next to the generalized interest in high‐status and close countries, there is an issue bound interest in some countries that predicts coverage.To test the model, the study investigated the coverage of Eastern European nations in 2006 in German newspapers. Results showed that, beyond mere amount of coverage, permanence of coverage of a country, topical variability, and variability in journalistic presentation (genres) of a country can be predicted from a country’s status and proximity. Additionally, it was shown that issue bound interest is a key determinant of the amount and continuity of coverage a country receives.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Mass Communication and Media Research
Dewey Decimal Classification:700 Arts
Language:English
Date:2010
Deposited On:22 Sep 2010 12:50
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 14:15
Publisher:Sage Publications
ISSN:1748-0485
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1177/1748048510369212
Official URL:http://gaz.sagepub.com/content/72/6/465
Related URLs:http://opac.nebis.ch/F/?local_base=NEBIS&con_lng=GER&func=find-b&find_code=SYS&request=005101325
Permanent URL: https://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-35811

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