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Malene Skov Petersen

Student thesis: Termpaper


This thesis a semester project from communication at Roskilde University (RU), written by Malene Skov Petersen on the eighth semester. The topic of the thesis is the media coverage of the government consisting of Socialdemokraterne, Socialistisk Folkeparti and Det Radikale Venstre, which took office in 2011, as a ‘breach of promise’-government. In a constructivist perspective, the aim is to identify elements of the media coverage and explore the links between those and the institutional practices in the news institution. The data consists of 374 articles from two major Danish newspapers Politiken and Berlingske. The method of analysis is mostly quantitative with the main method being content analysis. However, the analysis is also, in parts, qualitative. The results of the analysis show that the government has been heavily portrayed as a government that breaks its promises in both newspapers and that it is mainly the opposition and the journalists who have taken initiative to – and has succeeded in – putting this topic on the agenda, even though most of the journalists’ sources are part of the government. The results also show that institutional practices greatly influences the media coverage, which is very negative. This study is relevant because there has been a debate about whether the media coverage of the government has been fair and truthful, and because the media play an important role in a democracy as a link between citizens and politicians.

EducationsCommunication Studies, (Bachelor/Graduate Programme) Undergraduate or graduate
Publication date31 May 2013
SupervisorsRasmus Kleis Nielsen


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