Exploring some antecedents of the media's framing of election news: A comparison of Swedish and Belgian election news

  • Strömbäck J
  • van Aelst P
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Despite the major importance of the news media's election news coverage, there are still only a few cross-national studies on how the media cover elections. There are even fewer that include both newspapers and TV news and that probe possible antecedents of how the media frame politics in their election news. Against this background, this article compares the media framing of election news in two countries--Belgium and Sweden-- that constitute highly similar cases and both belong to the democratic corporatist model of media and politics. The study focuses on the importance of media channels, media types, and commercialism as antecedents of the media's framing of election news.

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  • Comparative research
  • Election news
  • Media framing
  • Newspapers
  • Television news

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  • Jesper Strömbäck

  • Peter van Aelst

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