Framing in News Discourse: The Case of the Charlie Hebdo Attack

Framing in News Discourse: The Case of the Charlie Hebdo Attack

Miriam Tribastone (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands) and Sara Greco (Università della Svizzera Italiana, Switzerland)
Copyright: © 2018 |Pages: 15
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-5622-0.ch005

Abstract

By presenting the case study of the Charlie Hebdo attack in news discourse, this chapter combines a semantic analysis of the most frequent frame-activating words through text linguistics tools with frame analysis, developed according to the model proposed by Entman in the news making context. The linguistic perspective adopted in this chapter combines the works by Fillmore and Congruity Theory. As shown in the present work, both linguistics and news framing benefit from such integration.
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Framing In Journalism

The importance of framing in journalism is hard to question. Journalists choose carefully words and mental images because by describing facts and issues, they can influence public opinion (Tewksbury & Scheufele, 2009). In fact, the power of communicative discourse is embodied by the concept of framing, which Entman (1993, p. 52) defines as:

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