Real-world indicators and the coverage of immigration and the integration of minorities in Dutch newspapers

Rens Vliegenthart*, Hajo G. Boomgaarden

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Abstract

An intriguing question in communication science deals with factors determining the intensity of news reporting about certain issues. The study investigates whether the prominence of immigration and the integration of minorities in news coverage reflects real-world developments or whether it is dependent on (political) key events. The authors compare the direct effects of real-world developments and key events in Dutch newspapers for the period 1991-2002 on the prominence of issue coverage. Results indicate that events have a more direct impact on the attention given to immigration and the integration of minorities in the news. The authors furthermore find that international events have a direct, but temporary effect, while most institutional national events influence media attention permanently.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)293-314
Number of pages22
JournalEuropean Journal of Communication
Volume22
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2007
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Immigration
  • Integration of minorities
  • Key events
  • Newspaper coverage
  • Real-world developments
  • The Netherlands

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