This project seeks to examine to which extent the media coverage of the Grimhøj Mosque fulfills the journalistic standards, as set forth by the Danish Press Council, and thereafter discuss the possible causes of these results. This statement of content is explored through a comprehensive analysis of all articles regarding Grimhøj written by six major newspapers in Denmark; Politiken, Jyllands-Posten, Weekendavisen, Kristeligt Dagblad, Information and Berlingske Tidende between January 2014 and February 2015. Daniel C. Hallin’s theory regarding ‘media spheres’ is utilized and further developed in order to create the analytical framework for the quantitative content analysis, which serves as the project’s main method. This framework allows a categorization where the analyzed articles are either placed in the sphere of consensus, deviance or legitimate controversy, through which it is possible to evaluate to which extent the articles live up to the journalistic standards. A supplementary quantitative analysis of journalistic sources is also conducted in order to examine the usage of different sources in the coverage. The analytical results show that 58 percent of the articles are within the sphere of deviance, which indicates that Grimhøj is viewed journalistically as an actor which represents illegitimate values, wherefore they should (to a certain extent) be excluded from the public agenda. The articles within this sphere are characterized by criticized parties not getting the chance to respond, biased phrasing and an unclear distinction between facts and comments; All in all factors which are directly contrary to the journalistic standards. The remaining 42 percent of the articles are within the sphere of legitimate controversy. Additionally, the analysis illustrates that there is a preponderance of political sources compared to eg. sources of experience who are greatly underrepresented in the coverage under scrutiny. Moreover the results show that Grimhøj as a source in many cases is not contacted directly; instead their earlier statements are reused by journalists. This project does not conclusively state a final explanation to the causes of these results, however supplies a list of possible causes, including among others: 1. Grimhøj is conceived as a threat to Danish consensus values, wherefore the media has a responsibility to uphold them, 2. The media is largely influenced by political statements, which in this case often are negative by nature and 3. Practical circumstances such as tight deadlines and language barriers.
|Uddannelser||Journalistik, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat|
|Udgivelsesdato||19 maj 2015|
- press coverage