Title
The mirror effect : Spanish and Belgian press coverage of political conflicts in Flanders and Catalonia The mirror effect : Spanish and Belgian press coverage of political conflicts in Flanders and Catalonia
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Social Sciences. Communication Sciences
Publication type
article
Publication
Subject
Mass communications
Source (journal)
International journal of communication. - -
Volume/pages
7(2013) , p. 1622-1640
ISSN
1932-8036
ISI
000324120100003
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
This article analyzes how the press in Belgium and in Spain reports on Catalonia and Flanders, respectively. Grounding our arguments in the theories of national identities and the domestication of the news, we propose the concept of the mirror effect to explain the logics of comparison of two different contexts. Combining a content analysis of eight major newspapers with a qualitative discourse approach, the article shows that reporting on political conflicts such as the ones analyzed tends to use the others case as a model to learn from that may or may not be followed. The results also indicate considerable differences between the Belgian and Spanish cases, the latter being more politicized and focused on the others national conflict.
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