Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Media and Communication


New book on journalism, poverty and austerity by Jairo Lugo-Ocando      

November 29th, 2017

Poor News: Media Discourses of Poverty in Times of Austerity is co-authored by Dr Jairo Lugo-Ocando (University of Leeds) and Dr Steven Harkins (Fife College).

Published by Rowman & Littlefield International, the book examines the way discourses of poverty are articulated in the news media by incorporating specific narratives and definers that bring about certain ideological worldviews.

By looking at the way news media in the UK report poverty and austerity, the authors claim that journalists and news editors make use of a set of information strategies while accessing certain sources within specific social and political dynamics, which prevent the news media from acting as a Fourth Power when it comes to austerity policies. Consequently, the role of mainstream journalism has been a subservient one for existing elites when it comes to the propagation of dominant ideas.




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