Etniske minoriteter i danske tv-nyheder

Line Feld & Michelle Nielsen

Studenteropgave: Speciale


Last year a study on ethnic minorities as sources in the Danish news shows that this group is underrepresented compared to how many ethnic minorities there are in the Danish society. This thesis examines why this group is underrepresented by asking journalists who produce the news and select the sources. The analysis is based on qualitative interviews with seven journalists from two TV-stations broadcasting national TV-news. In the journalists’ perspective, there are several editorial challenges regarding the use of ethnic minorities as sources. News criteria such as identification, simplicity and representation restrain the journalists from using ethnic minorities as sources – particularly in news-stories where the source represent the 'ordinary citizen'. The journalists prefer to use ethnic minorities as sources in news-stories that deal with ethnic minorities. There seem to be some organisational guidelines which affect the journalists’ choice of ethnic minorities as sources. At the same time journalistic latent understandings of how ethnic minorities is best used as a case in a news-story – and the journalists own bias – make them deselect ethnic minorities as sources. Furthermore this thesis discusses which steps are necessary for these news-routines to change. It seems that it might be the organisations which should make guidelines on increasing the use of ethnic minorities as sources – because the journalists are afraid of their position at their workplace if they step outside the organisational guidelines. It is also discussed whether the journalists themselves should make active choices on increasing their use of ethnic minorities and thereby make a change in the population’s perception on how ethnic minorities are used as sources in the news.

UddannelserJournalistik, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato31 aug. 2013
VejledereHanne Jørndrup


  • repræsentativitet
  • tv-nyheder
  • Etniske minoriteter