Media Framing Dynamics of the ‘European Refugee Crisis’: A Comparative Topic Modelling Approach

Autor(en)
Tobias Heidenreich, Fabienne Lind, Jakob-Moritz Eberl, Hajo Boomgaarden
Abstrakt

The complexity and duration of the so-called 'European refugee crisis' created a climate of uncertainty, which left ample room for mass media to shape citizens' understanding of what the arrival of these refugees meant for their respective country. This study analyses the national media discourses in Hungary, Germany, Sweden, the United Kingdom and Spain for this time period. Applying Latent Dirichlet Allocation topic modelling in five languages and based on N = 130,042 articles from 24 news outlets, we reveal country-specific media frames to track the overall course of the refugee debate and to uncover dynamics and shifts in discourses. While results show similarities across countries, due to media coverage responding to real-world developments, there are differences in media framing as well. Possible sources of these differences such as countries' geographic location or status as receiving country are discussed.

Organisation(en)
Institut für Publizistik- und Kommunikationswissenschaft
Journal
Journal of Refugee Studies
Band
32
Seiten
i172-i182
Anzahl der Seiten
11
ISSN
0951-6328
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1093/jrs/fez025
Publikationsdatum
12-2019
Peer-reviewed
Ja
ÖFOS 2012
504021 Migrationsforschung, 508020 Politische Kommunikation
Schlagwörter
ASJC Scopus Sachgebiete
Geography, Planning and Development, Political Science and International Relations
Link zum Portal
https://ucris.univie.ac.at/portal/de/publications/media-framing-dynamics-of-the-european-refugee-crisis-a-comparative-topic-modelling-approach(cc017467-53b7-4e52-b463-4f08aec3264d).html