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När Kapten Klänning blev ond: En kvalitativ textanalys av Expressens och Dagens Nyheters rapportering om före detta polischef Göran Lindberg
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
2016 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
When “Captain Skirt” became evil : A qualitative text analysis of Expressen’s and Dagens Nyheter’s reports about former chief of police Göran Lindberg (English)
Abstract [en]

This study problematizes the fact that media is part of creating the reality of which the society relies on. More specific it focuses on former chief of police Göran Lindberg and medias reports about him before he was arrested for sexual asult, versus after. The purpose of the study was to see how identity is constructed in news media, and also how that affect the public perception of sex offenders. It also makes a comparison between a daily newspaper and a tabloid newspaper.

To answer the questions of this study semiotics and narrative analysis was used. These methods were combined with theories about journalistic writing such as framing and media logic put together with theories about story-telling. These theories and methods were chosen for their accuracy and suitability on the subject.

News articles about the former chief of police Göran Lindberg was selected and divided into three sections based on time periods relevant to the events. After that the selection was narrowed down to include three articles from each period and each newspaper. These articles were analysed to see how news media uses story-telling to form identity with the tools provided by the selected theories and methods.

In conclusion this study shows that media construct the identity of Göran Lindberg in a similar way of how characters are constructed in fictional stories. This contributes to a reproduction of a general perception that the most occurring sexual offender is some kind of monstrous outsider and not in fact the common man, when, at the same time, research show that most sexual abusers are known to their victim.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 60 p.
Keyword [en]
News media, narrative, semiotics, Göran Lindberg, identity, journalism, sexual violence
Keyword [sv]
Nyhetsmedia, narrativ, semiotik, Göran Lindberg, identitet, journalistik, sexuellt våld
National Category
Media and Communications
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-118907OAI: diva2:917378
Educational program
Bachelor Programme in Journalism
Available from: 2016-04-11 Created: 2016-04-06 Last updated: 2016-04-11Bibliographically approved

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