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The European Journal of Communication Research

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Clouded reality: News representations of culturally close and distant ethnic outgroups

Anne C. Kroon / Damian Trilling / Toni G. L. A. van der Meer / Jeroen G. F. Jonkman
Published Online: 2019-11-19 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/commun-2019-2069


The current study explores how the cultural distance of ethnic outgroups relative to the ethnic ingroup is related to stereotypical news representations. It does so by drawing on a sample of more than three million Dutch newspaper articles and uses advanced methods of automated content analysis, namely word embeddings. The results show that distant ethnic outgroup members (i. e., Moroccans) are associated with negative characteristics and issues, while this is not the case for close ethnic outgroup members (i. e., Belgians). The current study demonstrates the usefulness of word embeddings as a tool to study subtle aspects of ethnic bias in mass-mediated content.

Keywords: prejudice; cultural distance; word embeddings; automated content analysis


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Published Online: 2019-11-19

Citation Information: Communications, ISSN (Online) 1613-4087, ISSN (Print) 0341-2059, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/commun-2019-2069.

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