News coverage of the first Polish presidency of the Council of the European Union (2011): Findings from an international comparative study
Romy Wohlert (Alpen-Andria-University Klagenfurt & Austrian Academy of Sciences, Austria),
Stijn Joye (Ghent University, Belgium),
Agnieszka Stępińska (Adam Mickiewicz University Poznań, Poland),
Daniel Biltereyst (Ghent University, Belgium),
Khael Velders (Ghent University, Belgium)
ABSTRACT: This article presents the main findings of an international comparative project on the news coverage of the Polish EU presidency (2011). The study examines the coverage of Poland that for the first time held the leading position in the RU Council within a new institutional context. The findings presented a stem form the analysis of six countries: Austria, Belgium, Germany, Greece, Poland, and Romania, following a mixed-method approach, combining quantitative and qualitative methods of content analysis. The results suggest that Poland`s presidency did not change the thematic focus of the news reporting on Poland, neither in other EU countries nor in Poland. The patterns of international and domestic news were not affected significantly by EU-related events but remained shaped by news values of relevance and deviance. In general, Poland was portrayed in a neutral way with rather limited visibility which is related to the then dominant coverage od the Eurozone crisis.