January 3, 2012 § Leave a comment
Marta Montagut is finishing her PhD thesis on framing and the journalistic treatment of the Constitutional Court cuts on the Catalan Statute. In the next Congress of the Spanish Association for Communication Studies (AE-IC), she will present part of the method applied to study the topic. It is a really original approach to political conflict and radio journalism. Indeed, we have not found a research applying frame analysis to radio content in the way Marta has done it. The results are being written at this moment, and I am supervising the whole work. She has found four main frames, namely (difficult translation to English): constitutional, pro-statute, pro-sovereignity and pro-independence. This interesting work will be fully published when she will finish the thesis. Anyway, for those interested in the work, there is already a paper explaning the method (in Spanish). You can access to this paper here.
June 29, 2011 § Leave a comment
Next week Marta Montagut will be presenting in Pamplona a contribution on how radio in Catalonia treated the Constitutional Court sentence on the Catalan Statute. The research is part of the project “The media construction of political and territorial conflict in Spain. Studying discourses and narratives” (CSO-2010-20047).
The Constitutional Court on the Catalan Statute. Radio diversities
Marta Montagut & Enric Castelló
ECREA Journalism Studies Section Conference – 2011
Diversity of Journalisms: Shaping complex media landscapes
Pamplona (Spain), 4th & 5th July, 2011
This research will present part of the results on the analysis of radio journalism about the sentence of the Spanish Constitutional Court on the Catalan Statute, the June 28th 2010, and is part of the project funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation CSO2010-20047, “The media construction of political and territorial conflicts in Spain: a study on discourses and narratives”. Prior to the radio content analysis, we have conducted in-depth interviews with radio editors and political party public relations in order to know about editor’s strategies to get privileged information and parties’ strategies to have influence on the political news. The media reported on this topic during days with a wide diversity of treatments which depended on several factors. In particular, we focused on the main four morning talk radio shows aired during the first week after the sentence. We applied a frame analysis framework to the content of the prime time programs with the aim of establishing the main frames that appear in the news and compare them with those spread by Catalan parties. The preliminary results offer a great diversity of treatment among the main radio stations regarding the framing. Moreover, this research stresses the intense role of radio journalists’ reframing in order to adapt the different arguments to the program and/or radiostation editorial line. We propose the concept of reframing as a central role in the journalist practice and define the concept as the journalists’ competence to read, understand, contextualize and transform the frames provided by political parties (or other sources) acting as frame sponsors. This skill can vary in intensity (weak/strong re-framer) and it will allow us to analise a wide diversity of journalistic practices and to clarify the dependent attraction-rejection relationship between journalists and political PR’s.