An investigation into the coverage of UKIP in UK newspapers

Llueca Romera, Marta (2016) An investigation into the coverage of UKIP in UK newspapers. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This body of work was designed to evaluate the coverage of UKIP in UK newspapers in the year prior to the General Election of 2015, in order to determine whether it created an effect on their final election outcome. Using academics’ views on populism and nationalism, it will argue that UKIP’s policies were adapted to these ideologies as a strategy to gain more voters. However, results after the election convey how this strategy failed to work, and so, the discussion focuses on the relationship between this failure and the coverage of the party in four main UK newspapers: The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, The Daily Express and the Daily Mirror, through the analysis of their articles.
    The investigation will examine the further relationship between the negative coverage of UKIP and the individual political ideologies of each publication, in order to determine the level of effect that this had on news content. Matters of ownership and profit involving advertising, shareholders and sales, are used to argue the influence of owners over news content, which are finally exposed as the main reasons for UKIP’s negative coverage.
    The investigation further concludes to show how the Fourth Estate is being manipulated by press ownership, as owners are adapting publications’ views to suit other commercial factors.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 31 Aug 2016 13:51
    Last Modified: 31 Aug 2016 13:51
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/21641

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