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Economic News

Antecedents and Effects

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  14 April 2021

Rens Vliegenthart
Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR), University of Amsterdam
Alyt Damstra
Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR), University of Amsterdam
Mark Boukes
Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR), University of Amsterdam
Jeroen Jonkman
Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR), University of Amsterdam


This Element provides a concise review of the existing literature on content, antecedents and consequences of economic news coverage. It tests and refines prominent assumptions and hypotheses in this area. Relying on communication science theories such as framing, news values and media dependency theories, we first outline and explain how media cover the economy. Additionally, it demonstrates that coverage has a fundamental impact above and beyond the state of the economy, both on economic perceptions and political attitudes of citizens, as well as on political decision makers and media reputation of a wide variety of organizations.
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