INFOTAINMENT JOURNALISM IN TIMES OF CRISIS:A CASE STUDY IN THE GREEK-CYPRIOT PRESS

Irene Photiou, Theodora Maniou, Nikleia Eteokleous, Elena Ketteni

Abstract


This study examines the characteristics of Infotainment Journalism in a society under crisis. Using the Greek-Cypriot press as a case study, we contrast news reporting during 2013 (after the onset of the banking crisis) to the preceding year. In the course of the study, both quantitative and qualitative analytical methods are employed; formal content analysis used to investigate the occurrence of various infotainment features in news stories, and framing analysis to explore how these are established. This study shows a significant rise of infotainment characteristics in the news during times of crisis, while in new items/reportages where infotainment characteristics are present, stories seem to be presented in predominantly humanitarian frames, indicating an effort to present hard and soft news in a socially relevant manner. Although a significant increase in its occurrence is observed after the onset of the banking crisis, infotainment does not become a dominant, or even a major, journalistic type.


Keywords


infotainment; journalism; press; Cyprus; crisis

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