Resilient reporting

Media coverage of Irish elections since 1969

By means of a unique dataset involving twenty-five million words from newspapers as well as radio and television coverage, this timely book examines how election news reporting in Ireland has changed over the last half-century.

The authors examine reporting in terms of framing, tone, and the distribution of coverage. They also focus on how the economy has affected election coverage as well as media reporting of leaders and personalities, gender, and the effect of the commercial basis of media outlets.

The authors evaluate three broad hypotheses about Ireland’s election coverage since 1969: the extent to which the norms of critical impartiality have survived, whether the media has shifted towards hypercritical infotainment, and the extent to which content has been influenced by exogenous factors, i.e. political, social, and economic factors outside the media itself. The findings – which are drawn from a machine learning computer system involving a huge communications content analysis study – will interest academics as well as politicians and policymakers internationally.

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