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Print Media Content Analysis: Language, Imagery and Prominent Themes

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Abstract

This chapter critically analyses how newspapers in Northern Ireland represent children, young people and children and youth sector organisations. In doing so, this chapter presents an analysis of the language and imagery utilised by journalists and editors when reporting on children, young people and their advocates. It also outlines and analyses the significance of prominent themes that emerged from the large-scale study of print media content.

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  • Police Service Of Northern Ireland (PSNI)
  • Young peopleYoung People
  • Belfast Telegraph
  • Sunday Life
  • Irish News

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Notes

  1. 1.

    The Centre for Social Justice was set up by Iain Duncan Smith MP in 2004 and describes itself as ‘an independent think tank’. Further information can be accessed here: http://www.centreforsocialjustice.org.uk/ (accessed on 3 April 2011).

  2. 2.

    This finding demonstrated that editors and journalists included quotations from the different ‘levels’ of government/governance in Northern Ireland. Councillors are locally elected representatives based in local Councils in Northern Ireland (26 Councils in Northern Ireland) and MLAs are Members of the Legislative Assembly at Stormont. Government Ministers typically included Ministers from the Government in the United Kingdom (UK) and Government in the Republic of Ireland (ROI) , as well as Government Ministers based at the locally elected Assembly in Northern Ireland.

  3. 3.

    Mephedrone was banned in the UK from 16 April 2010 onwards, with the ban receiving cross-party support. See: http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Nl1/Newsroom/DG_186993 (accessed on 27 April 2010).

  4. 4.

    See: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern+ireland-politics-10636126 (accessed on 14 July 2010).

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Gordon, F. (2018). Print Media Content Analysis: Language, Imagery and Prominent Themes. In: Children, Young People and the Press in a Transitioning Society. Palgrave Socio-Legal Studies. Palgrave Macmillan, London. https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-60682-2_4

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