Project

Title

The Euro Crisis, Media Coverage, and Perceptions of Europe within the EU

This project examines how Europeans understand the challenges facing the Euro and workings of the European Union and European Central Bank through the news media of their countries.

It is a large-scale project directed by the Reuters Institute with partners studying coverage in Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, The Netherlands, Poland and Spain, and the United Kingdom.

Partners include the Institute for Media Studies at KU Leuven, Belgium; Sociologie et de Science politique de la Sorbonne Université Paris  1-Panthéon Sorbonne, France; the Institut für Publizistik at Johannes Gutenberg-Universität, Germany;  GREECE; Dipartimento Istituzioni e Società at University of Perugia, Italy; Communication Research Centre, University of Helsinki, Finland; Institute for Journalism and Social Communication, University of Wroclaw, Poland; School of Communication, University of Navarra, Spain.

More than 10,000 articles from 40 newspapers in 10 countries have been analysed in the project.

The study is investigating how European news coverage has portrayed Europe, European institutions, EU members and the Euro, what that coverage tell us about Europe, and the implications of the way the sovereign debt and banking crises has been covered.

This project explores how the Euro Crisis has been portrayed in media in EU countries and how differences in coverage and journalistic practices have affected perceptions of the crisis and Europe.  The purpose of the project is to determine how Europeans understand the challenges facing the Euro, and the workings of the European Union and European Central Bank, through the news media of their countries. The research is identifying main themes in coverage, choices of events and personalities covered, the extent and nature of the coverage and the scope and balance of the opinions expressed.  It is seeking to identify differences among national coverage patterns and to gauge the effect the coverage has on citizens’ view of the EU and its institutions.

Project directors: Robert G. Picard and John Lloyd

Funder: John Fell Fund, University of Oxford

Project end date: December 2015

Photo credit: A euro logo sculpture stands in front the headquarters of the European Central Bank (ECB) in Frankfurt October 26, 2014.© Ralph Orlowski / Reuters

Basic National Results

Reports are being produced reporting basic data results for each country. Currently available reports are; Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Finland, The Netherlands, Poland, Spain and the United Kingdom.

National Reports

Each partner prepared a national report summarising the results from the studies in there countries and they are available below.

Topical Studies

In-depth studies related to specific issues are underway and results will be produced in a book expected to be available by 2015.

Dataset

The combined dataset for the project is available for use by other researchers under the condition that its use is cited as: "Content Analysis Dataset, The Euro Crisis, Media Coverage, and Perceptions of Europe within the EU Project, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxford."