Hvad kan man få for 23 milliarder? En undersøgelse af den journalistiske formidling af tal

Mathilde Bugge Jepsen, Sven Helms Skov, Johanne Wainø Topsøe-Jensen, Frida Kruse Lind & Emma Busk Johansen

Studenteropgave: Kandidatprojekt


This study examines the thesis how does the Danish independent media process, provide nuances to and contextualise numbers in their coverage of the governmental proposal concerning taxes in 2017? The analytical terms included in the thesis relates to theory about critical journalism and former studies concerning numeracy amongst journalists and the ability to convey numbers in a comprehensible manner. The study is based on a quantitative content analysis of articles from the Danish newspapers Berlingske, Politiken and Ekstra Bladet and the Danish public broadcasting media DR. The investigation includes a total of 201 articles concerning the governmental proposal. The articles have been coded from categories referring to the use and processing of numbers, and the results of the analysis is discussed on the basis of theory concerning the democratic role of media, gatekeeping, numeracy and changing conditions of journalistic production. The conclusion is that Danish independent media are capable of portraying different political perspectives on numbers, which relates to the normative ideal of objective journalism. However, the political contextualisation and the ability to convey the numbers in an understandable manner seems insufficient, which may have some democratic implications.

UddannelserJournalistik, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
VejledereNaimah Hussain