"Hotfull man sköts av polis" : En kritisk diskursanalys av hur polisen konstrueras i svensk riks- kontra lokaljournalistik

Detta är en Kandidat-uppsats från Linnéuniversitetet/Institutionen för medier och journalistik (MJ)

Sammanfattning: The purpose of this study was to examine if local newspapers construction of the Swedish authorities differs from the national newspapers. This was done using a qualitative method, using the Swedish police authority as a practical example. This by analyzing two articles each from five different news events concerning the police and their job. One article from the local newspaper from were the event took place, and one article from one of the most read national newspapers in Sweden, Dagens Nyheter. To then compare the results between the articles.  Previous studies show that the Swedish police takes a big part of the construction of themselves in the media. This partly by being one of the main sources of information for the journalists. The police also tend to be constructed in a positive way in some sort of ”hero”-discourse, and with a lack of critical questioning from the journalists. Some studies have also showed that the local media tend to lean into the aforementioned construction of the police in a greater extent than national media.  This study came to a similar conclusion as the previous studies has done. The local media tend to construct the police in some sort of ”hero”-discourse more often than the national media. This discourse is often presented in connection with a stressed or threatening situation, which in a way justifies the actions done by the police. 

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