How dominant are official sources in shaping political news coverage in Spain? The perceptions of journalists and citizens

  • Authors
  • Rodríguez, R.; Figueras, M.; Mauri, M.; Alsius, S.
  • UPF authors
  • MAURI DE LOS RIOS, MARCEL; RODRIGUEZ MARTINEZ, RUTH; FIGUERAS MAZ, MÒNICA; ALSIUS CLAVERA, SALVADOR;
  • Type
  • Articles de recerca
  • Journal títle
  • Journal of mass media ethics : exploring questions of mass media morality
  • Publication year
  • 2013
  • Volume
  • 28
  • Number
  • 2
  • Pages
  • 103-118
  • ISSN
  • 0890-0523
  • Publication State
  • Publicat
  • Abstract
  • The aim of this article is to analyse the opinions of journalists and citizens regarding the interdependence of public media and the official sources of political power in Spain. Little research of this kind has been done in the Spanish context. Journalists and citizens representing four Spanish regions-Catalonia, Madrid, the Basque Country, and Andalusia-were questioned about their opinions regarding this interdependency. The methodology used in this research is based on quantitative techniques (surveys) and qualitative techniques (in-depth interviews and focus groups). The results prove that the opinions of journalists differ from those of citizens for the majority of questions asked. Citizens are more inclined to follow directions from official sources than are journalists. The geographical background of the respondents proved to be a significant factor in terms of variation in answers. Journalists from Catalonia and the Basque country are much more reluctant to follow government directives on issues of counter terrorism or in cases of national emergency. © 2013 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.
  • Complete citation
  • Rodríguez, R.; Figueras, M.; Mauri, M.; Alsius, S.. How dominant are official sources in shaping political news coverage in Spain? The perceptions of journalists and citizens. Journal of mass media ethics exploring questions of mass media morality 2013; 28(2): 103-118.
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  • 6 times cited Scopus
  • 5 times cited WOS
  • Índex Scimago de 0.314(2013)