Communicating policy change: Media framing of economic news in post-communist Bulgaria

  • Kostadinova P
  • Dimitrova D
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Abstract

This study analyzes the role of media type, political institutions and type of news on the use of episodic, thematic, economic consequences, human interest and conflict frames when reporting economic news during seven elections in Bulgaria for the period 1990–2009. Analyzing 543 news stories from six newspapers, the authors find that thematic and economic consequences framing are determined both by the type of economic policy that is reported and by the type of newspaper that is publishing the story. The frequency of human interest framing is also affected by the kind of economic news that is the focus of the news story as well as partially by the broader political environment; such framing is also used more frequently in stories reporting highly contentious economic issues.

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  • Bulgarian media
  • economic policy
  • news framing
  • post-communist media

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Authors

  • Petia Kostadinova

  • Daniela V. Dimitrova

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