Immigration: a subject that is everywhere and nowhere

In our recent election campaign reports, we have shown that immigration (and other related issues) has failed to attain the levels of coverage that its position among  the list of public policy concerns might warrant, occupying only 3.7 % of coverage between 30 March and 20 April. Over the past week, however, it seems that outside […]

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Media Coverage of the 2015 General Election (report 3)

This is the third of a series of reports by the Loughborough University Communication Research Centre on national news reporting of the 2015 General Election. The results in this report are derived from detailed content analysis of election coverage produced on the weekdays (i.e. Monday to Friday inclusive) between 30th March and 22 April from […]

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Britain’s famous red top newspapers struggle to find their voice in general election

Strident partisanship in the popular press has a lengthy history. And the wrath of the British tabloids used to give politicians considerable pause for thought, particularly during elections. The long defunct Daily Sketch, for example, consistently attacked the Labour party throughout the 1950s. But it was the late 1970s that marked a step-change. Having bought […]

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Women lose out again in election media coverage

Even with female party leaders women have featured in barely a fifth of media coverage of the 2015 General Election so far, researchers at Loughborough University have found. Academics from the University’sCommunication Research Centre(CRC) are conducting a real time news audit of the 2015 General Election campaign, lifting the lid each week on what media […]

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Media Coverage of the 2015 General Election (Report 2)

This is the second of a series of reports by the Loughborough University Communication Research Centre on national news reporting of the 2015 UK General Election. The results in this report are derived from detailed content analysis of election coverage produced on the weekdays (i.e. Monday to Friday inclusive) between 30th March and 15 April […]

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Media coverage of 2015 General Election (Report 1)

General Election 2015:  The Media Campaign Report 1 (covering 30th March-8th April inclusive) Introduction This is the first of a series of weekly reports by the Loughborough University Communication Research Centre on national news reporting of the 2015 UK General Election. See our blog for more details about this project (http://blog.lboro.ac.uk/general-election/.) The results in this […]

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A tale of two kitchens, two jobs and two receipts

The General Election is now in full swing and the recent seven-way leaders’ debate has fuelled media interest in this most unpredictable of contests. The Communication Research Centre will be publishing the first of its ‘real time’ analyses of news reporting of the election on Monday 13 April. Our media monitoring started with the dissolution […]

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The reporting of the 2015 – weekly reports by the Communication Research Centre

For the remainder of the campaign, Loughborough University Communication Research Centre will produce a series of reports about news coverage of the 2015 General Election. The first report will be made publicly available on Monday 13 April. The reports will provide commentary about the week’s coverage and systematic measurements of Which politicians and parties received most coverage […]

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Reinforcement not change? Reflections on the 2015 Leaders’ Debate

The 2015 Leaders’ Debate was a markedly different affair to the first ever debates held in the 2010 General Election.  Five years ago the platform was limited to three representatives of parties who were each comfortably attracting at least a quarter of the electorate’s support.  Now seven politicians, four of who lead parties currently polling […]

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