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Inequality in times of pandemics: how online media are starting to treat the economic consequences of the coronavirus crisis

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dc.contributor.author Odriozola-Chéné, Javier
dc.contributor.author Díaz Noci, Javier
dc.contributor.author Serrano-Tellería, Ana
dc.contributor.author Pérez-Arozamena, Rosa
dc.contributor.author Pérez-Altable, Laura
dc.contributor.author Linares-Lanzman, Juan
dc.contributor.author García-Carretero, Lucía
dc.contributor.author Calvo-Rubio, Luis Mauricio
dc.contributor.author Torres-Mendoza, Manuel
dc.contributor.author Antón-Bravo, Adolfo
dc.date.accessioned 2020-07-10T09:40:29Z
dc.date.issued 2020
dc.identifier.citation Odriozola-Chéné J, Díaz-Noci J, Serrano-Tellería A, PérezArozamena R, Pérez-Altable L, Linares-Lanzman J, García-Carretero L, Calvo-Rubio LM, Torres-Mendoza M, Antón-Bravo A. Inequality in times of pandemics: how online media are starting to treat the economic consequences of the coronavirus crisis. El Profesional de la información. 2020;29(4):e290403. DOI: 10.3145/epi.2020.jul.03
dc.identifier.issn 1386-6710
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10230/45102
dc.description.abstract In December 2019, Chinese authorities informed the World Health Organization about a new coronavirus disease that would come to be called Covid-19. The world media began reporting on this new virus and its consequences. However, reports about Covid-19 would not appear in the European and American media until their societies became aware of both the health and economic consequences of Covid-19 in March 2020. This article analyzes the online media coverage of economic inequality. The goal is to understand the formation of the public agenda, based on the impact of the disease on social classes as the main factor generating greater inequality levels, in particular inequality of opportunities as the most remarkable topic during the first stage of the pandemic. According to the first results of this content analysis, the social class divide will be deepened by the pandemic. For this study, a tool was designed to analyze both the manifest and latent content of the items. Using content analysis, an analysis of news published by 33 digital media in both Europe and Latin America from March 14 to April 14, 2020 was conducted. The results of this study show that income inequality appears as the core variable of the problem, although social classes remain important. The imbalanced access to health and education public services also receives continuous coverage in the media. However, poverty as a consequence of this situation remains an uncomfortable issue and tends to be presented in an undramatized way.
dc.description.sponsorship This paper is one of the results of the research project News, networks, and users in the hybrid media system. Transformation of media industries and the news in the post-industrial era (RTI2018-095775-B-C43) (Mineco/Fe-der), Spanish Ministry of Science, Innovation, and Competitiveness (2019-2021).
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher EPI (El Profesional de la Información)
dc.relation.ispartof El Profesional de la información. 2020;29(4):e290403
dc.rights © EPI - El Profesional de la información http://www.elprofesionaldelainformacion.com
dc.title Inequality in times of pandemics: how online media are starting to treat the economic consequences of the coronavirus crisis
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.3145/epi.2020.jul.03
dc.subject.keyword Covid-19
dc.subject.keyword Coronavirus
dc.subject.keyword Pandemics
dc.subject.keyword Digital media
dc.subject.keyword Income inequality
dc.subject.keyword Inequality of opportunities
dc.subject.keyword Digital journalism
dc.subject.keyword Spain
dc.subject.keyword Europe
dc.subject.keyword Latin America
dc.subject.keyword Social classes
dc.relation.projectID info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/ES/2PE/RTI2018-095775-B-C43
dc.rights.accessRights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.type.version info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion


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