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Good Europeans?: Euro-themes in Swedish, Danish and British TV News during  a November Week
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Journalism, Media and Communication (JMK).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8429-3028
2008 (English)In: Nordicom Review, ISSN 1403-1108, E-ISSN 2001-5119, Vol. 29, no 1, 29-44 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Television news narratives are sites where national and transnational identities are cultivatedand mobilised. The question is not whether Swedish, Danish or British news stories about Europe are domesticated to fit national news bulletins, but how events are domesticated and how ‘we’ are made European by the programmes’ producers. The analysis of all European stories between 15-21 November 1999 in three national public servicenews bulletins indicate that viewers are offered different images of Europe during this week, and that journalists play active roles in constructing ‘themes’ which link together different types of news stories into narratives about ‘us’ and ‘them’. From these there emerged a Swedish ‘moralising global villager’, slightly superior but willing to adapt to changing international realities, an anxious and conscientious Danish ‘we’, trying to doits share despite its self-imposed limitations on EU cooperation, and an engaged humanitarian British ‘we’, who is global in scope but prefers to keep a distance from time consuming Euro-squabbles.

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2008. Vol. 29, no 1, 29-44 p.
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urope, EU, national identity, European identity, television news, comparative studies.
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Media and Communications
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-32462OAI: diva2:280618
Available from: 2009-12-10 Created: 2009-12-10 Last updated: 2015-11-03Bibliographically approved

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