Extensive content analysis study on the coverage of stories on corruption: Executive Summary

The deliverable “Extensive content analysis study on the coverage of stories on corruption” investigates how four newspapers in seven countries (France, United Kingdom, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Romania and Slovakia) have covered the news related to corruption and other similar topics over a period of ten years, from 2004 to 2013. This is a very extensive analysis, may the most extensive analysis that has been conducted so far: indeed a total number of 183,491 articles have been analysed through a computer assisted content analysis and 12,742 articles have been further analysed by human coders. The two investigations present very homogeneous findings. In large part of the already existing literature, the study of the coverage of corruption has a minor place being investigated in connection to other problems and issues while ours is specifically aimed at the study of the print press representations corruption.

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