1st Edition

How to Read Economic News A Critical Approach to Economic Journalism

Edited By Henry Silke, Fergal Quinn, Maria Rieder Copyright 2023
    336 Pages 25 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    336 Pages 25 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Closely examining how the news media reports economic and financial matters, this book equips students with solid methodological skills for reading and interpreting the news alongside a toolkit for best practice as an economic journalist.

    How to Read Economic News combines theory and practice to explore the discourse surrounding economics in the mass media and how this specialised form of reporting can be improved. Beginning by introducing major concepts such as financialised economic reporting, media amnesia and loss of trust, the book goes on to help students to interpret, understand and analyse existing news discourse and to identify subtle biases in news reports stemming from hegemonic belief systems. The final section puts this analytical knowledge into practice, providing students with methods for the critical production of news and covering such skills as identifying newsworthiness, story sourcing, achieving clarity, and using complex datasets in news stories.

    This is a key text for students and academics in the fields of financial journalism and critical discourse analysis who wish to approach the subject with a critical eye.

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    List of Contributors


    Chapter 1: Introduction – How to Read Economic News

    Henry Silke

    Fergal Quinn

    Maria Rieder


    Part I: Connecting economic theory, ideology and journalism

    Chapter 2: Economic Imaginaries, Economics Theories And The Role Of Economic Journalism

    Hendrik Theine

    Chapter 3: What can journalism learn from Heterodox Economics

    Andrea Grisold

    Chapter 4: Ideology, Economics and Journalism

    Henry Silke

    Chapter 5: Journalism Studies and Crises: Economic, Environmental and Political - Towards a political Economic Approach.

    Paschal Preston


    Part II: Methodological approaches for evaluation of economy-related media output

    Chapter 6: Using Content Analysis to study Economic Journalism

    Fergal Quinn

    Muireann Prendergast

    Chapter 7: Analysing Economic News Sources: Who gets to speak?

    Henry Silke

    Chapter 8: Corpus Linguistics and Economic Media research

    Brian Clancy

    Elaine Vaughan

    Chapter 9: Breaking Down the Discourse, Exposing Power in Economic Journalism – Critical Discourse Analysis

    Maria Rieder

    Hendrik Theine

    Chapter 10: Deconstructing Economic Discourses on Broadcast News

    Ciara Graham

    Brendan O’Rourke

    Chapter 11: Deconstructing Discourse: Applying Interview Research in the Economic Newsroom

    Sophie Knowles

    Nadine Strauß

    Chapter 12: Researching Audiences: Understanding how economic news is received

    Mike Berry


    Part III: News production: Best practices for investigating economic and business stories

    Chapter 13: Making sense of economic data

    Donal Palcic

    Darragh Flannery

    Chapter 14: Economic news approaches

    Audrey Galvin

    Brian Hurley

    Chapter 15: Where theory meets practice - tips for BETTER economic journalism

    Fergal Quinn

    Maria Rieder

    Henry Silke



    Henry Silke is a lecturer in Journalism at the University of Limerick. His research interests include ideology and how it manifests in the media. He has previously published work looking at the role of journalism in economic and political crises.

    Fergal Quinn is a lecturer in Journalism at the University of Limerick. He worked for over a decade as a print and multimedia journalist. His research interests include the representation of minorities and societal inequality in journalism output, and journalism training, particularly in developing-world and post-conflict environments.

    Maria Rieder is a lecturer in Applied Linguistics at the School of Modern Languages and Applied Linguistics at the University of Limerick. Her research is concerned with the critical role of language in situations of economic and social inequality. She has been involved in research on media and social protest, issues of immigration and asylum, critical intercultural communication and minority languages and economics. Her published work focuses on social and economic inequality, human rights and minority communities.