Computer Assisted Content Analysis of the print press coverage of corruption in the United Kingdom

The analysis of the British coverage of corruption topics was conducted on four UK newspapers: The Guardian, The Times, The Financial Times, and The Sun. As is well known, The Guardian is a quality newspaper. The Times, since its acquisition by Rupert Murdock is progressively mixing its original quality nature with a tabloid orientation. The Financial Times is the most important British and European business paper, whereas The Sun represents the prototypical tabloid paper. All the observed papers have a nationwide audience: moreover, both The Financial Times and The Guardian reach a much broader readership that goes well beyond the national borders. As we shall see, this is clearly reflected in their coverage of corruption.

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