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Hjältar, blåljus och säkerhet: konstruktionen av polisen i nyhetsmedierna
Växjö University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Social Sciences.
Växjö University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Social Sciences.
2008 (Swedish)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This study is based on an analysis of approximately 400 pieces of news from Swedish media, in which the police are narrated, constructed and assessed. A number of obvious patterns were found:

The police are highly news worthy and police reporting is routine in all news media. The news pieces are chiefly so called “straight” news, value neutral descriptions of the everyday work of the police. About seven out of ten stories are neutral descriptions, a fifth (18 per cent) are negative news, while explicitly positive values are found in thirteen per cent of the material. The negative stories deals mainly either with individual police officers who have engaged in criminal activity, with insufficient resources or the allegedly defunct organization. Critically scrutinizing news is hardly found at all. The typical news media image of the police is that of the police, or the police officer, simply doing their job. 

One of the most important conclusions in the study is that the police – together with reporters – decide the news agenda. As news source the police are hardly ever regarded as questionable, nor is the world view of the police. The police are allowed to define situations, problems as well as solutions – police discernments are self-evident and authoritative. In the news it is obvious that the police itself are “the expert on the police”. Hereby, the police itself do part of the news work.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Växjö: Växjö University Press , 2008. , p. 167
Series
Växjö University Studies in Policing, ISSN 1654-6776 ; 1654-6776
Keywords [sv]
medier och makt, nyhetsjournalistik, nyhetskällor, polisnyheter
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Media and Communications
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Media Studies and Journalism, Media and Communication Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:vxu:diva-2223OAI: oai:DiVA.org:vxu-2223DiVA, id: diva2:206128
Available from: 2008-09-09 Created: 2008-09-09 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved

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