News Framing in a Time of Terror: A Study of the Media Coverage of the Copenhagen Shootings

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This article analyses how Danish media framed the Copenhagen attacks in February 2015. The attacks did not take the Danish media by surprise. They were instantly picked up as breaking, developing news – something journalists know how to deal with. More so they had recently been engaged in the coverage of similar events, when reporting from the attacks in Paris in January 2015.
The paper will present a framing analysis of the coverage of the attacks in the newscast on DR1 from the first shot at Krudttønden into the following week. Furthermore, the analysis will discuss how the labelling of the shooting as a “terror attack” transformed the news coverage into a ‘News Media’ media event (Nossek 2008), abandoning the journalistic norm of critical approach. Instead media became the scene of national mourning – at least for a couple of days until political debate and political journalism resumed
TidsskriftN O R D I C O M Review
Udgave nummerspecial issue
Sider (fra-til)85-99
Antal sider15
StatusUdgivet - 12 dec. 2016

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