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A comparison of the Mail & Guardian and the Guardian coverage of the 2014 Ebola outbreak
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Media Studies, JMK.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 80 credits / 120 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The 2014 Ebola Outbreak which is still ongoing in Sierra Leone and Guinea, in West Africa, have caught the attention of media globally. By exploring the coverage of the outbreak within the concept of global crisis reporting and global journalism as news style, this study compares two newspapers, one based in South Africa (The Mail & Guardian) and the other one from the United Kingdom (The Guardian). How we define ’global crisis’ from different media systems that cut cross, these two media motivate the study to dig in to explore similarities and differences in the Ebola news coverage from Cottle’s and Berglez’s point of views. A content analysis was used to analyze news story articles (text) published in both newspapers. A census selection of 72 articles from both “Mail & Guardian” and “the Guardian” digital newspapers was applied. The selection of articles was based on the news stories article published within the two months (July and August 2014). The time frame used was a critical moment for the outbreak since it had started expanding to other countries. Through the analysis, both notions of global crisis and global journalism as news style has been identified in the 2014 Ebola coverage. 

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2015. , 50 p.
Keyword [en]
Global crisis reporting, global journalism, media systems
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-118190OAI: diva2:821136
2015-06-03, Bangsalen; JMK, Box 27861, 115 93, Stockholm, 12:00 (English)
Available from: 2015-06-15 Created: 2015-06-14 Last updated: 2015-06-15Bibliographically approved

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