• News coverage of the first Polish presidency of the Council of the European Union (2011): Findings from an international comparative study

News coverage of the first Polish presidency of the Council of the European Union (2011): Findings from an international comparative study

Romy Wöhlert
Google Scholar Romy Wöhlert
Stijn Joye
Google Scholar Stijn Joye
Agnieszka Stępińska
Google Scholar Agnieszka Stępińska
Daniël Biltereyst
Google Scholar Daniël Biltereyst
Khaël Velders
Google Scholar Khaël Velders
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This article presents the main findings of an international comparative project on the news coverage of the Polish EU presidency 2011. The study examines the coverage of Poland that for the first time held the leading position in the EU Council within a new institutional context. The findings presented a stem from the analysis of six countries: Austria, Belgium, Germany, Greece, Poland, and Romania, following a mixed-method approach, combining quantitative and qualitative methods of content analysis. The results suggest that Poland’s presidency did not change the thematic focus of the news reporting on Poland, neither in other EU countries nor in Poland. The patterns of international and domestic news were not affected significantly by EU-related events but remained shaped by news values of relevance and deviance. In general, Poland was portrayed in a neutral way with rather limited visibility which is related to the then dominant coverage of the Eurozone crisis.

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