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Title: Media bias in news coverage of Hong Kong protest: A comparative study of online newspapers with different political orientations
Authors: Yimin Wang
Keywords: Online News Media
Media Bias
Agenda Setting
Hong Kong Protest
Emotions in Media Agenda
Political Orientations
Issue Date: 2021
Publisher: Bangkok University
Abstract: This research aims to find out whether and how media agenda, political orientation and media bias were associated during the 2019 Hong Kong protest. The research adopted content analysis of the news coverage collected from three Hong Kong mainstream on-line news media -- Wenweipo, Apple Daily and Mingpao. The total of 450 online news articles were quantitatively coded based on media agenda, media bias, emotion in media agenda, and political orientation. Descriptive analyses indicate that Apple Daily and Wenweipo mostly contained low diversity agenda whereas Mingpao contained moderate diversity agenda. Apple Daily news reports were slightly emotional, Wenweipo’s reports ranged from slightly and highly emotional whereas Mingpao’s reports were emotionless. In terms of political orientation, Apple Daily was libertarian, Mingpao was centrist while Wenweipo was authoritarian. Apple Daily and Wenweipo mostly contained content with bias by commission and bias by story selection whereas Mingpao mostly contained unbiased content. Due to the Chi-Square Analysis results, relationship between media agenda and media bias (HP#1) and relationship between emotion in media agenda and political orientation (HP#2) were partially supported while relationship between political orientation and media bias (HP#3) was significantly supported. In sum, the agenda setting patterns of news media not only revealed their political orientation, but also triggered different types of media bias. News media with polarized political orientation tended to be more emotional in their news reports. Its findings confirm the universal existence of media bias, remind the general public of tendency to be misled by media agenda setting; and most importantly, increase mutual understanding between social groups with different political orientation.
Description: Independent Study (M.Com.Arts)--Graduate School, Bangkok University, 2021
Advisor(s): Ratanasuda Punnahitanond
URI: http://dspace.bu.ac.th/jspui/handle/123456789/4767
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