Reporting Recession in Online News Worldwide: Spain as a Test-case

Maria-Angeles Cabrera, Menahem Blondheim, Elad Segev

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This study measures the presence of Spain in online news worldwide as an example
of the significance of economic news in a globalizing, interdependent environment.
Employing the ´Global Salience Meter` based on a multilingual news-mining
technique, Spain´s relative prominence was traced over 43 months in 35 leading
news sites in 10 languages. Our findings reveal a growing online attention given to
Spain, especially in the business section of European digital news outlets. Network
analysis of country co-mentions finds that together with European countries, Spain
is frequently mentioned together with the US and international organizations. This
reflects the underlying regional and global economic structures and ties related to
the European economic recession. More generally it points to the increasing
connectedness of the world´s economies and the world´s online news reporting.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to) 41-58
JournalReview of Journalism and Mass Communication
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2014


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