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Framing media mergers in France and the United States
Unformatted Document Text:  Framing media mergers in France and the United States 17 While Le Monde is considered to be relatively centrist with a moderate leftist leaning, Liberation seems to have a more pronounced preference for socialist politics. Le Nouvel Observateur and Le Point are two high circulation French newsmagazines. In both the French and the American cases, the coverage in the daily newspapers during the month after the announcement of the respective mergers was analyzed. In the case of the newsmagazines, the first five editions that appeared after the announcement of the merger were searched to find all relevant articles. All articles that were included in this period were analyzed, thus this formed an exhaustive sample of the aforementioned period. This one-month period was chosen because the coverage of an “erupting” issue such as a merger should be most intensive and focused immediately after its announcement, as journalistic interest in a certain issue wanes with time. The American articles were found by conducting a search on Lexis Nexis using the terms “AOL”, “Time Warner” and “merger”, in the four publications, between 1/11/00 and 2/11/00. The unit of analysis was the whole article. The search produced 82 items for the NYT, 16 for the SFC, 14 in Newsweek and 10 in Time. Letters to the editor and articles that mentioned these terms incidentally were dropped leaving 70 NYT articles, 10 SFC articles, 8 Newsweek articles and 10 Time articles. Le Monde articles were found by conducting a search on Lexis Nexis using the terms “Vivendi”, “Universal” and “fusion” (French for “merger”). Liberation articles were found using europresse.com. Le Point and and Le Nouvel Observateur articles were found by visually inspecting the five first editions that were published after the announcement of the merger. In all, 25 Le Monde articles, 22 Liberation articles, 9 Le Point articles and 7 Le Nouvel Observateur articles were analyzed.

Authors: Davidson, Roei.
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Framing media mergers in France and the United States
17
While Le Monde is considered to be relatively centrist with a moderate leftist leaning,
Liberation seems to have a more pronounced preference for socialist politics. Le Nouvel
Observateur and Le Point are two high circulation French newsmagazines.
In both the French and the American cases, the coverage in the daily newspapers during
the month after the announcement of the respective mergers was analyzed. In the case of
the newsmagazines, the first five editions that appeared after the announcement of the
merger were searched to find all relevant articles. All articles that were included in this
period were analyzed, thus this formed an exhaustive sample of the aforementioned
period. This one-month period was chosen because the coverage of an “erupting” issue
such as a merger should be most intensive and focused immediately after its
announcement, as journalistic interest in a certain issue wanes with time.
The American articles were found by conducting a search on Lexis Nexis using the terms
“AOL”, “Time Warner” and “merger”, in the four publications, between 1/11/00 and
2/11/00. The unit of analysis was the whole article. The search produced 82 items for the
NYT, 16 for the SFC, 14 in Newsweek and 10 in Time. Letters to the editor and articles
that mentioned these terms incidentally were dropped leaving 70 NYT articles, 10 SFC
articles, 8 Newsweek articles and 10 Time articles.
Le Monde articles were found by conducting a search on Lexis Nexis using the terms
“Vivendi”, “Universal” and “fusion” (French for “merger”). Liberation articles were
found using europresse.com. Le Point and and Le Nouvel Observateur articles were
found by visually inspecting the five first editions that were published after the
announcement of the merger. In all, 25 Le Monde articles, 22 Liberation articles, 9 Le
Point articles and 7 Le Nouvel Observateur articles were analyzed.


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