Framing distance: Local vs. non-local news in Hong Kong press

Steve Z S GUO*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Geographical location as a "natural" attribute of news has always been a source of news manipulation. This research investigates how different community newspapers select, interpret, and package events originating in places of varying distances. Contextualized in Hong Kong, three media frames (authority, conflict, and attribution) are closely examined and theoretically connected to three types of newspapers (mass appeal, elite, and pro-establishment) across four locales (local, mainland China, Asian, and international). To test the hypotheses, a large-scale content analysis of 14 daily newspapers in Hong Kong was conducted. On the whole, findings supported the three hypotheses, showing that local news was systematically differentiated from non-local news in terms of the frequency of political authorities cited, presence of diversified opinions, and the likelihood of either individuals or institutions being blamed for social wrongs. Considerable variations were detected across different types of newspapers as well. Theoretical and social implications of the empirical findings are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-39
Number of pages19
JournalChinese Journal of Communication
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2011

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Communication

User-Defined Keywords

  • Hong kong press
  • Local vs. non-local news
  • News distance
  • News grid


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