THE PORTRAYAL OF STRIKES
Framing and source use in Swedish news on strikes
Purpose: To describe and explore the portrayal of strikes in Swedish news media
Theory: Frames, the concept of frame sponsorship and theories on source access were used as an
interpretive framework in analysis of the findings.
Method: Quantitative content analysis, inductive-clustering approach to derive frames from news
Result: Swedish news coverage is dominated by four frames, two emphasizing the role of one
antagonist, one emphasisizing dialogue and one threats to the economy. Source use and
framing of strikes differs considerably from strike to strike.