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2009 European Parliament Elections in the Aragonese Press

By Ph.D. Cristina Zurutuza-Muñoz


Abstract: This article examines the 2009 European Parliament Elections, which are a legislative landmark in the European Union’s consolidation process. In particular, the article analyses the news coverage of the election campaigns in the regional paid-for print press in Aragon. The methodology employed is quantitative content analysis of all the elections-related news items published during the 15 days the campaign lasted, in the Heraldo de Aragón, El Periódico de Aragón (both published in Zaragoza), the Diario del Altoaragón (published in Huesca) and the Diario de Teruel (pubished in Teruel). The analysis focuses on identifying the political protagonists of the news published by these newspapers, and establishing whether these media used a European, national, or regional perspective. The hypothesis is that the Aragonese regional press focused more on the national politicians (even non-candidates) than on the actual MEP candidates. The results confirmed this hypothesis, since the press coverage of the campaign was presented from a national perspective and its protagonists were José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero and Mariano Rajoy

Topics: 2009 European Parliament Elections, election campaign, leaders, press, Aragon., LCC:Social sciences (General), LCC:H1-99, LCC:Social Sciences, LCC:H, DOAJ:Social Sciences, LCC:Communication. Mass media, LCC:P87-96, LCC:Philology. Linguistics, LCC:P1-1091, LCC:Language and Literature, LCC:P, DOAJ:Media and communication, DOAJ:Social Sciences
Publisher: Universidad de La Laguna (Tenerife, Canarias)
Year: 2012
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