1st Edition

Front-Page Scotland
Newspapers and the Scottish Independence Referendum

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ISBN 9780367686000
August 30, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
144 Pages

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Book Description

This book provides a varied, thorough and informative analysis of how newspapers covered the 2014 Scottish independence referendum in its critical final months. Providing a wealth of new empirical findings, the book engages with the key themes and issues which emerge from within the discourses themselves. Among the main observations are: the marginalisation of women, both as subjects and producers of the news; the late emergence of the London-based media to take the vote entirely seriously; the often myopic focus on Alex Salmond; and the framing of the debate through contrasting narratives of positive democratic engagement and societal division within Scotland. The book will be the first point of contact for readers interested in the subject, providing an overview which is meticulously researched, authoritative and engaging, and offering broader insights in the areas of journalism, political communication and media studies.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Scotland and The Press in 2014;  2. It’s the Economy, Stupit: Presenting an Uncertain Future;  3. What Matters Most: The Health Service and Currency;  4. Scotland’s Place in the World: Military and Strategic Considerations;  5. Everyone’s Got an Opinion: Celebrities, Royalty, and the Conservative Party;  6. Beast Mode: Darling, Brown and the Labour Party;  7. Eck of a Story: The Focus on Alex Salmond;  8. Conclusion: The Same Old Script? Thoughts Regarding the Coverage

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David Patrick is a Senior Researcher in the International Studies Group at the University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa.