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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 18 Variables Following Gamson and Modigliani (1987), we attempted to identify those packages or frames that would be especially prevalent in the coverage of this event and similar ones. A number of articles were read closely to identify salient frames. These were found to be: (1) Public interest – the threat or boon the merger poses for the public and the functioning of society; (2) Journalistic integrity – the potential conflicts of interest created by the merger, threats to the quality and autonomy of journalism or lack thereof; (3) Consumer wins or loses – the merger is framed in terms of the impact on consumer choice; (4) commercial event – the merger is explained as a unique financial occurrence which is either unprecedented in scope, reflects a sea change in the fortunes of traditional and internet-based media, or has consequences for the merged companies’ executives and shareholders 12 ; (5) managers – reminiscent of certain genres popular in political and entertainment reportage, this frame included all articles that concentrated on specific executives, their career history and private lives. Each article was coded for a primary, secondary and tertiary frame, although only the primary frame was analyzed, as the others lacked minimal reliability. The frames enabled us to tentatively identify whether the coverage tended to limit the political scope of the issue or not. The journalistic integrity frame and the public interest frame clearly define the merger as an event having civic repercussions for individuals as citizens. Although the consumer frame interprets the merger as affecting a wide swath of society, individuals are treated as economic actors facing purchasing decisions. The other two frames, commercial event and managers, do not imply that the merger has socio- 12 Collapsing three substantively similar frames to increase inter-coder reliability created this frame.

Authors: Davidson, Roei.
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Framing media mergers in France and the United States
18
Variables
Following Gamson and Modigliani (1987), we attempted to identify those packages or
frames that would be especially prevalent in the coverage of this event and similar ones.
A number of articles were read closely to identify salient frames. These were found to be:
(1) Public interest – the threat or boon the merger poses for the public and the functioning
of society; (2) Journalistic integrity – the potential conflicts of interest created by the
merger, threats to the quality and autonomy of journalism or lack thereof; (3) Consumer
wins or loses – the merger is framed in terms of the impact on consumer choice; (4)
commercial event – the merger is explained as a unique financial occurrence which is
either unprecedented in scope, reflects a sea change in the fortunes of traditional and
internet-based media, or has consequences for the merged companies’ executives and
shareholders
12
; (5) managers – reminiscent of certain genres popular in political and
entertainment reportage, this frame included all articles that concentrated on specific
executives, their career history and private lives. Each article was coded for a primary,
secondary and tertiary frame, although only the primary frame was analyzed, as the
others lacked minimal reliability.
The frames enabled us to tentatively identify whether the coverage tended to limit the
political scope of the issue or not. The journalistic integrity frame and the public interest
frame clearly define the merger as an event having civic repercussions for individuals as
citizens. Although the consumer frame interprets the merger as affecting a wide swath of
society, individuals are treated as economic actors facing purchasing decisions. The other
two frames, commercial event and managers, do not imply that the merger has socio-
12
Collapsing three substantively similar frames to increase inter-coder reliability created this frame.


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