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The European Journal of Communication Research

Ed. by Averbeck-Lietz, Stefanie / d'Haenens, Leen

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Volume 43, Issue 1


Issue ownership as a determinant of political parties’ media coverage

Kirsten Van Camp
Published Online: 2017-07-18 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/commun-2017-0029


For many citizens, news media are the most important source of information about relevant political topics and actors. As a consequence, it is crucial to investigate who gains media coverage and why. Leaning on two classic news sourcing criteria, suitability and availability, we claim that issue owners can be seen as good news sources. By combining a content analysis of television news with data collected through a journalist survey, we investigate whether issue ownership is a determinant of political parties’ news coverage. Results confirm that issue ownership is a predictor of parties’ news coverage, even when controlling for ministerial competences.

Keywords: news sources; issue ownership; television news

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Published Online: 2017-07-18

Published in Print: 2018-03-26

Citation Information: Communications, Volume 43, Issue 1, Pages 25–45, ISSN (Online) 1613-4087, ISSN (Print) 0341-2059, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/commun-2017-0029.

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