News production and construal level: a comparative analysis of the press coverage of China’s Belt and Road Initiative

Steve Guo, Dan WANG*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

This research integrates construal level theory with news production strategies by exploring the joint effects of distance and editorial commitment on news narratives. In content analyzing the coverage of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) by four newspapers in China and West, we investigate determinants of choice of principled or personalized accounts in storytelling. The findings showed that editorial commitment was low and power reliance high when the site of event was far away, leading to the use of higher construals in Western news texts than in Chinese newspapers. This study contributes to the unexplored relationship between news production and construal level theory.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)211-230
Number of pages20
JournalChinese Journal of Communication
Volume14
Issue number2
Early online date16 Sep 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Apr 2021

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Communication

User-Defined Keywords

  • BRI
  • construal level theory
  • content analysis
  • editorial commitment
  • news production

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