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The story that made it big - A case study of the reporting on the 2012 Delhi Gang Rape Case
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Media Studies.
2013 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This bachelor thesis is conducted as a Minor Field Study (MFS) in Delhi, India. The aim of the study is to investigate why this rape case became a news story from two questions at issue: 1) How did The Times of India report on the Delhi rape case between December 16 2012 and February 16 2013 in terms of news worthiness? 2) Which were the main news values in this rape case according to the Indian journalists?

The theoretical framework consists of theories on news values, framing, agenda setting and the role of gender in journalism.

The qualitative research contains of three articles selected from The Times of India and seven semi-structural interviews conducted with Indian journalists working within the English language print media. The articles were analysed using a framing model. The interviews were transcribed and analysed using thematisation and meaning concentration to reveal patterns, attitudes and opinions.

The analysis is divided into two major sections: the construction of the reporting and the journalists view on the news values. The first section investigates the first question at issue. The Times of India was found to report on the gang rape following a certain dramaturgy of a media event that helped to increase the public attention in the case and sympathy with the victim. The second section at issue examines the second question at issue. The main news values, according to the respondents, were the brutality of the rape, the proximity factor and the identification with the girl as a middle class woman. The public response was also mentioned as one reason to why this rape case hit so big. All respondents concluded, in different ways, that both themselves and the readership could relate to this case, since this gang rape was an example of a bigger problem in India with women facing sexual violence in public spaces.

In ‘Conclusions and Discussion’ the questions at issue are connected to each other in an attempt to discuss the aim of the study.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 69 p.
Keyword [en]
Delhi, journalism, media, Indian English Language print media, Delhi gang rape, sexual violence against women, news values, framing, agenda setting.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-100003OAI: diva2:690344
Available from: 2014-04-28 Created: 2014-01-23 Last updated: 2014-04-28Bibliographically approved

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