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En jämförande studie om hur bostadsområden i Göteborg framställs i nyhetsrapporteringen över tid och mellan nyhetsmedier
Aim of thesis: This bachelor study is a quantitative content analysis of two local newspapers in Gothenburg; Göteborgs-Posten and GT. The main purpose of this study was to find out in what extent the residential districts appeared in the news, how they were presented and with what attributes. The study is longitudinal and includes articles from a synthetic month in 1978 and 2018. The research questions were 1) How often did the residential districts appear in the local news reporting? 2) With which attributes were the residential districts portrayed? and 3) Who/what actors were the source in the articles?
Theoretical framework and method(s): The thesis was partly based on an exploratory case study of Stockholms news media that concluded the suburb areas was structurally disadvantaged in the news reporting. Hence the premise of this study has been that the residential districts in Gothenburg appear and are described unequally in the local news reporting. By examine two newspapers with different organizations the study explored how and if the eventual inequalities were a result of organizational factors. By also comparing year 1978 with 2018 the study analyzed if the reporting was effected by societal factors.
Results: The study concluded the further away a residential area was the more seldom it appeared in the local news. Centrum dominated the articles in 1978 and 2018 in both newspapers. The most usual subject over time was Crime and accidents, however the subjects where more equally divided in 1978 compared with 2018, meaning the news report in 1978 included almost as many articles about other main subjects such as Culture and Construction. A pattern we discovered was that the areas with a bigger geographical distance to centrum appeared in more articles about crimes (in percentage) then areas close to centrum. The pattern was more distinct in GT. Additionally the study concluded it was generally actors from outside the area, for example politicians and representatives for authorities, that appeared as a source in the articles. This tendency was the same over time, for both organizations and for all neighborhoods, which led us to conclude there is an organizational news routine that has been present over time.