Language in Political News Reports Research Paper

Language in Political News Reports
This paper analyzes the use of lexical choices in political news reports.
# 118911 | 2,869 words | 21 sources | APA | 2010

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The paper offers a literature review that highlights how different choices of words are used by different groups in order to create social ideologies. The paper conducts a study on several news reports from Myanmar to prove that news reporters from different sides always use different terms to refer to the same thing. The paper includes a table that compares the lexical choices journalists utilize and emphasizes how reality is constructed by the use of words.

Literature Reviews
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Samples of Data

From the Paper:

"News reports are expected to reveal facts or truths to the public. News is supposed to be presented in a neutral voice - without any bias. However, is it true that news is presented neutrally? In our common-sense and everyday life, we consider language a simple instrument for the neutral reflection, the mirroring of the world. But is this realistic? Is there not always more than one synonym at hand, with a slightly different connotation? Is not the use of euphemisms and metaphors commonplace? Even if journalists strive for unambiguous language, is this an attainable ideal?"

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bell, Allan. 1991. The language of news media. Oxford: Blackwell.
  • Conboy, Martin. 2007. The language of the news. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.
  • Chamnong, Wibunsri. 1983. Language and Mass : Evolution of Language for Reporting News in the Thai Newspaper (B.E.2408-2525) Bangkok : Chulalongkorn University.
  • Christ'l De Landtsheer. 1987. "Metaphorical Meaning and Political Power". Journal of Speech Communication. Vol. 51 Summer 1987.
  • Edelman, Murray. 1988. Constructing the Political Spectacle. University of Chicago Press.

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