FES | Federación Española de Sociología

XII Congreso de la FES

European issues and national news media: questions in reporting the EU

GT 24 Sociología de la Comunicación y del Lenguaje

Mariaeugenia Parito (Università di Messina)


Sesión de comunicaciones orales Franja 5 : Cuestiones de comunicación política
Responsable(s): Giuliano Tardivo (ACMS)
Tipo de sesión: Sesión de comunicaciones orales
Día: sábado, 2 de julio de 2016
Hora: 09:00 a 10:45
Lugar: S.Grados

The paper aims to examine the relationship between newsmaking process and the logic of the European institutions considered as sources.

During the first presidency of J.M. Barroso, the European Commission underlined the need for more and better information on European issues and institutions in order to involve citizens. In addition, the European Parliament voted a resolution (2010) on journalism and new media that recognizes the importance of journalism for European integration. However, despite the good intentions, there are many contradictions between European institutional sources and news organizations because they have different needs and perspectives.

News coverage of the European Union is influenced by conflicting dynamics between supranational and national sources and the news organizations. On the one hand, there are the peculiar decision-making procedures of supranational institutions, their bureaucratic style and feeble link with citizens, and the reference to national public opinion of inter-governmental institutions. On the other, journalistic practices are linked with national media systems and they have limited flexibility in adapting news values to a cosmopolitan scenario; in addition, the usual strategies of reporting the news using simplification and dramatization hardly fit with the complexity of European issues. The emerging public portrayal of European institutions and issues affects the dynamics of opinion and the European integration process.


Palabras clave: newsmaking, European public sphere, national news media