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In search of the objectivity ideal : A thesis of the report about the FRA-law in Dagens Nyheter and Svenska Dabladet from a objectivity perspective

By Stéphanie Sepúlveda Nuñez and Erica Söderlund


The aim of this thesis was to examine what expressions for objectivity there were to identify/find in newspaper journalism’s report about the FRA-law during the period 2008-06- 13 to 2009-10-14. We choose to analyze ten articles from the morning paper Dagens Nyheter and Svenska Dagbladet, five from each one. The method we used was a qualitative text analysis. We then designed an own model for the objectivity ideal from without the old theories that were available and also came with own ideas. Then we used that model as starting-point and designed key points to identify objectivity in the articles. Our thesis showed that the articles often fail when it comes to two key points. Due to the usage of charged words and the journalist’s own opinions in a way that distracts the reader from the articles main information the neutral presentation fails. When it comes to the balance in the articles the reappearing problem is that some people don’t get the chance to reply due to that their standpoint is a part of the article but not them. Due to this the articles sources get to reply to the standpoint without the people behind it getting to defend themselves. To sum up our thesis showed that the analyzed articles from Dagens Nyheter were more objective than the ones from Svenska Dagbladet

Topics: Objectivity, objectivity ideal, FRA, FRA-law, Dagens Nyheter, Svenska Dagbladet, Media and communication studies, Medie- och kommunikationsvetenskap
Publisher: Högskolan i Kalmar, Institutionen för kommunikation och design
Year: 2009
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