The contribution of evaluations to the discourse quality of newspaper content

Schlaufer, Caroline (2018). The contribution of evaluations to the discourse quality of newspaper content. Evaluation and Program Planning, 69, pp. 157-165. Elsevier 10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2016.09.006

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This research shows how the use of evaluations in newspaper articles contributes to the quality of public media discourse prior to direct-democratic votes. Data from Swiss direct-democratic campaigns on school policy between 2000 and 2012 are used to compare newspaper articles that contain evaluations with those that do not refer to evaluations. Results show that those newspaper articles containing evaluations exhibit higher levels of justification, reciprocity and respect, tend to argue in terms of the common good, and contain less storytelling than newspaper articles that do not refer to evaluations. Implications for public deliberation and evaluation practice are discussed.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

09 Interdisciplinary Units > Centre for University Continuing Education

UniBE Contributor:

Schlaufer, Caroline

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 320 Political science
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 370 Education

ISSN:

0149-7189

Publisher:

Elsevier

Language:

English

Submitter:

Caroline Lea Schlaufer

Date Deposited:

20 Mar 2017 08:58

Last Modified:

16 Jun 2018 01:30

Publisher DOI:

10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2016.09.006

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Evaluation use; Political use; Discourse quality; Direct-democratic campaigns; Mediated deliberation; School policy

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.93401

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/93401

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