Newspaper Coverage of Three Presidential Campaigns in Chile: Personalisation and Political Strategies

Área de publicación Comunicación Política
Tipo de publicación Artículos
Lugar de publicación
Fecha de publicación 2015
Autores Juan Cristóbal Portales - Porath, W. - Suzuki, J. - Ramdohr, T.

We investigate the evolution of political campaign coverage through a content analysis of the topics highlighted in newspapers’ agendas during three presidential elections in Chile. Results show an expected increase in the space allocated to the politicians’ private lives (privatisation) by 2009, but no change in the attention given to individual politicians’ political traits (political competence).

Coverage of candidates’ campaign strategies had increased markedly in media agendas by 1999, and by 2009 in politicians’ agendas. These changes are consistent with some of the recent transformations of political communication in Western democracies, within the framework of the so‐called ‘mediatisation’ of politics.

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