9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN18 Sociology of Communications and Media Research

2009-09-03 15:30:00 2009-09-03 17:00:00 Thursday, 3 September 15:30 - 17:00 Digital Cultures Building AA, AA.325

Online children in the news: a comparative view on 13 European papers

Media and European diversity debate: theories and realities

Online children in the news: a comparative view on 13 European papers

There is some material on comparing media systems within Europe but there appears to be little cross-national comparison of specific fields, reflecting on the media processes at work as well as exploring what is news and how it is framed in different geo-cultural contexts. This paper compares news from different countries focusing on children?s risks associated with the Internet and online technologies, which have been given great emphasis in news media discourses across Europe.
The paper draws on the work carried out by the EU Kids Online Project, a 21-country network aimed at investigating the social, cultural and regulatory patterns that affect both research and children?s experiences of online technologies and the associated risks and opportunities. This three year long project (2006-2009) charting and comparing studies included an analysis of the media coverage associated with children and the internet.
The media analysis focused on newspapers was conducted in October-November 2007 in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain and the UK. From a total of 1055 items, 517 were in the so-called quality press, including El Pais, The Independent, Corrière de la Sera, Frankfurt Allgemeine Zeitung Irish Times, De Standaard and Público, to name but a few. Regional, popular and free daily press such as Metro were also included.
Considering journalists as an ?interpretative community? (Zelizer, 1993), the paper focuses on quality papers from 13 countries, searching if there is a common pattern of topics and narratives or if the different cultural contexts provides particular news coverage.