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News Coverage about Direct-Democratic Campaigns in a Period of Structural Crisis


Udris, Linards; Eisenegger, Mark; Schneider, Jörg (2016). News Coverage about Direct-Democratic Campaigns in a Period of Structural Crisis. Journal of Information Policy:68-104.

Abstract

This article examines whether money talks in political campaign coverage. Analyzing news coverage about twenty-nine recent direct-democratic campaigns in Switzerland, it shows that votes involving expensive campaigns and populist proposals—and ideally both—correlate with high media attention. This favors especially Switzerland's largest party with the most resources, the right-wing populist Swiss People's Party (SVP). A case study of one vote on media policy confirms these patterns and shows that news coverage is also shaped by the vested (self-)interests of media organizations. The results imply that news media, affected by the crisis in journalism, fail to cover a truly wide diversity of actors and topics.

Abstract

This article examines whether money talks in political campaign coverage. Analyzing news coverage about twenty-nine recent direct-democratic campaigns in Switzerland, it shows that votes involving expensive campaigns and populist proposals—and ideally both—correlate with high media attention. This favors especially Switzerland's largest party with the most resources, the right-wing populist Swiss People's Party (SVP). A case study of one vote on media policy confirms these patterns and shows that news coverage is also shaped by the vested (self-)interests of media organizations. The results imply that news media, affected by the crisis in journalism, fail to cover a truly wide diversity of actors and topics.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Sociology
06 Faculty of Arts > Department of Communication and Media Research
06 Faculty of Arts > Institute for Research on the Public Sphere and Society
Dewey Decimal Classification:700 Arts
Language:English
Date:2016
Deposited On:13 Jan 2017 07:24
Last Modified:02 Feb 2018 11:30
Publisher:Pennsylvania State University
ISSN:2158-3897
OA Status:Gold
Free access at:Official URL. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.5325/jinfopoli.6.2016.0068
Official URL:http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.5325/jinfopoli.6.issue-2016

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