This paper seeks to scrutinize how and to what extent the Danish tabloid media ekstrabladet.dk utilizes reality programs as a news source. Furthermore, an analysis and a discussion of the quality of ekstrabladet.dk’s reality content will be conducted.
During the last couple of years, the Danish media have gone through a radical change making them subject to pressure from especially digitalization and commercialization. With the media having increased the focus on the readers’ interests, news about celebrities take up an increasing amount of space. One subgenre of celebrity journalism is reality news, which gets more and more widespread in the media. In combination with the fact that reality as a news source is a rather unexamined area it is interesting to investigate this area more in depth.
To investigate ekstrabladet.dk’s reality content, this paper has conducted a quantitative analysis by coding all of ekstrabladet.dk’s news articles from October 2019 to determine whether or not the articles are based on reality. Afterwards, the reality articles have been coded into four categories, each with clearly defined subcategories.
Based on our analysis we conclude that ekstrabladet.dk’s reality news stories are in line with most of the news values, but most of them lack in quality. In our discussion we debate possible reasons for this. We also argue that even though journalists often think badly of reality news, they are not necessarily bad. Maybe the media should start considering reality news as a needed democratic cohesion instead.
|Uddannelser||Journalistik, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat|
|Udgivelsesdato||6 jan. 2020|