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Was Lampedusa a Key Event for Immigration News?

Fri, May 26, 9:30 to 10:45, Hilton San Diego Bayfront, Floor: 2, Indigo Ballroom H


In the current paper we investigate how the Lampedusa shipwreck disaster in October 2013 affected newspaper coverage in four European countries (Belgium, Germany, Italy, and UK). Based on a data from a quantitative comparative content analysis we conclude that Lampedusa can be regarded a key event for immigration coverage, but only in Italy, where journalists devoted a considerable amount of attention to the disaster. We also find that the thematic structure and the general tone of immigration coverage changed after the event. However, those changes were only short-termed and immigration coverage quickly returned to its routine level.