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Public Opinion and frames: crisis of the dugout canoes

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Author(s): Dra. Raquel Rodríguez Díaz | Dda. Noemí Mena Montes

Journal: Revista Latina de Comunicación Social
ISSN 1138-5820

Volume: 63;
Issue: 757-799;
Start page: 341;
Date: 2008;
Original page

Keywords: Public Opinion | framing | inmigration | Spain | content analysis | newspapers | El País | El Mundo | public agenda | Cayucos | dugout canoes.

ABSTRACT
According to public opinion the increasing number of foreign population has became one of the most problematic issues in the last decade. Since 2005 immigration is the second biggest concern for Spaniards after unemployment and followed by terrorism. It is has became a state issue and a central government worry of utmost importance. The media coverage given to immigration is very important, specifically the way in which it is approached and presented to the readers. This paper shows the different perspectives or frames used by two key nationwide Spanish newspapers, El País y El Mundo, to cover one of the migration crises that took place in the Canary Islands in spring 2006. Following Framing theory, media content has been analyzed using variables to show the different ways in which these media depict the phenomenon of migration and the approach which each newspaper follows.
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