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Making sense of Election reporting: new directions, new challenges
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When: Thursday, May 24, 2018
9:00 AM
Where: Charles University
Velka zasedaci sin (room), Karolinum
Czech Republic
Contact: Stephen Cushion

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Elections reporting is one of the most studied areas of journalism studies and political communication. From longstanding debates about agenda setting to more recent inquiries about the mediatization of politics, the theory and practice of much scholarship is guided by how the media report elections. But in an increasingly fragmented news environment, where people rely on an ever-expanding range of media to understand what is happening in the world, election reporting is changing across new content platforms and providers. As the Reuters 2017 Digital News Report established, many democracies now rely to a greater extent on online rather than broadcast news, with new social media platforms playing a greater role in disseminating information than newspapers. In the 2017 UK election campaign, for example, the rise of alt-left online media was considered critical to enhancing the Labour Party's popularity, while Conservative-supporting newspapers were viewed as having less agenda setting power.


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