MY PRESENTATION ABOUT THE MEDIA REPRESENTATIONS OF THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC IN THE PSA 2021 CONFERENCE
March 30, 2021
The London-based Political Studies Association since 1950 has been organizing conferences, workshops, seminars and other events to encourage the development of political science studies. This year due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the annual conference was held on digital platform.
Many different topics have been discussed in various panels at the conference which took place with the partnership of Queen’s University Belfast and SAGE Publishing.
Some of the topics are related with the following fields:
- Anarchist Studies
- British and Comparative Political Economy
- Comparative European Politics
- Corruption and Political Misconduct
- Development Politics
- Elections Public Opinion and Parties
- French Politics and Policy
- Global Justice and Human Rights
- Interpretive Political Science
- Media and Politics
- Participatory and Deliberative Democracy
- Political and Social Movements
- Political Psychology
- Political Thought
- Politics and History
- Politics and Policy in Southeast and East Asia
- Public Policy and Administration
- Qualitative Research
- Rhetoric Discourses and Politics
- Security and Intelligence
- Space Governance and Politics
- Turkish Politics
- Young People’s Politics
At the PSA2021 Conference, 5 separate panels were organized by the Turkish Studies Specialist Group. In one of these panels, Panel 420: Turning Covid-19 Into A Political Opportunity: Policy And Propaganda in Turkey, I made a presentation entitled “The Media Representation Of Coronavirus as a Tool Of Discredit and Praise: The Cases of Sözcü and Sabah”.
The Media Representation Of Coronavirus as a Tool Of Discredit and Praise: The Cases of Sözcü and Sabah
This study addresses the media representations of Coronavirus pandemic in two of the leading Turkish newspapers: Sözcü and Sabah. Sözcü has the highest circulation in Turkish print media scene with an ideology critical of government and Sabah is the best-selling daily having a pure pro-government stance. The main objective of the study is to shed light on the clashing discourses of these two newspapers on how government has managed the Coronavirus crisis. All of the columns of Sabah and Sözcü between March and September have been scanned and the articles having the term “Coronavirus” in the title have been selected in both newspapers. For each month, two articles have been analyzed in each newspaper and a total number of twenty-eight articles have been analyzed through employing Critical Discourse Analysis methodology of Van Dijk. Critical Discourse Analysis is an interdisciplinary approach that studies the ways power abuse, dominance, and inequality are reproduced, legitimated, and resisted by text and talk. Through using critical discourse analysis, this study aims to trace the following: how the government discourses regarding the pandemic are reproduced in Sabah; and what kind of discursive challenges have been made by Sözcü against the government discourses. It can be argued that, newspapers representing different ideologies based on the media ownership structures present a certain framework to the readers. They reproduce or challenge the government discourses through their own ideological perspectives. Hence it can be said that the media cannot have neutral stance and media holds a key role in shaping the minds of the masses.
Author : Begum Burak