De burger als buitenstaander? Inclusiviteit in nieuwsselectie en brongebruik tijdens de gemeenteraadsverkiezingen van 2018 [Citizens as outsiders?]
SourceTijdschrift voor Communicatiewetenschap, 47, 3, (2019), pp. 196-216
Article / Letter to editor
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Tijdschrift voor Communicatiewetenschap
SubjectCommunication and Media
In this article the contribution of local and regional media to democratic participation is tested against the background of the recent professional and academic call for a more audience oriented type of reporting. Internationally there is a growing concern for the sustainability of quality reporting by local media. During the local election campaign of 2018 a content analysis in three municipalities shows that reporting is characterized by a lack of inclusiveness. A mismatch was found between the issues that the audience mentioned as relevant to the elections and the issues that local media reported. Furthermore, there was little inclusiveness in sources: elites sources outnumbered citizens and civil society sources in. Use of sources was highly dependent on issues at hand. A positive outcome was that citizens were equally often portrayed in an active role as in a passive role. The media seem to miss chances in enhancing social and political participation.
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