University of Leicester
Browse
Deacon and Smith - 1992-2015 study - pre-print.pdf (304.88 kB)

The politics of containment: Immigration coverage in UK General Election news coverage (1992–2015)

Download (304.88 kB)
journal contribution
posted on 2020-06-02, 10:35 authored by David Deacon, David Smith
This article examines the extent to which coverage of immigration issues has featured in mainstream national news coverage of six UK General Elections between 1992 and 2015. The six-phase content analysis charts shifts in the scale of coverage over this period that cannot be explained by reference to external factors alone, such as increases in net migration and growing public attentiveness to the issue. We show that since 2005, a disconnect has emerged between media coverage of the issue and external indicators of its scale and importance. The analysis also reveals a shift in the ownership of the immigration issue in formal campaign settings, with the UK Independence Party becoming the most dominant issue associate in electoral coverage of immigration issues.

Funding

This work was supported by British Academy/Leverhulme Trust (Grant ref: SG142216), The Electoral Commission and The Guardian Newspaper.

History

Citation

Deacon, D., & Smith, D. (2020). The politics of containment: Immigration coverage in UK General Election news coverage (1992–2015). Journalism, 21(2), 151–171. https://doi.org/10.1177/1464884917715944

Version

  • AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Published in

Journalism

Volume

21

Issue

2

Pagination

151 - 171

Publisher

SAGE Publications

issn

1464-8849

eissn

1741-3001

Copyright date

2017

Language

en

Publisher version

https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1464884917715944

Usage metrics

    University of Leicester Publications

    Categories

    No categories selected

    Exports

    RefWorks
    BibTeX
    Ref. manager
    Endnote
    DataCite
    NLM
    DC