The Australian newspaper's reporting of China and the global financial crisis

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NO FULL TEXT AVAILABLE. This thesis contains 3rd party copyright material. ----- The Global Financial Crisis was both a threat and an opportunity for China. The Crisis which started in, and widely affected Western countries, occurred during a period of rapid economic development in China. It was not long before the narrative of China as the economic saviour of the Western economies was appearing in the news media. It was ironic that the Western economies that had been economically dominant after decades of free market reforms were facing financial collapse and apparently needed to be rescued by the ostensibly Communist China. This research examines how Australia's only mainstream national newspaper - 'The Australian' - reported on China and the Global Financial Crisis. A content analysis of the quoting and paraphrasing of sources in 221 news articles that reported news about China and the Global Financial Crisis was used to analyse which sources were utilised by 'The Australian'. In addition a first and second source analysis was conducted to examine which sources were given prominence in the news articles. Further analysis was conducted to examine which country the source's employer originated from, the country the sources lived in, and what economic sector the sources worked in. This analysis revealed that politicians, public servants and bank representatives from Australia, the USA and the UK were overrepresented as sources and Chinese people were under represented as sources in the 221 news articles in the research sample. The same sources that should have had a significant role in informing the publics of the threat of a Global Financial Crisis were still being used and were acting as primary definers. Chinese voices were neglected in the news articles in the research sample and this is consistent with other research that found that Anglo-Australians were overrepresented as sources in news reporting and non-Anglo people were under represented. Employing more journalists from ethnic minority backgrounds, providing more cross cultural and language training for journalists and further investment in foreign bureaus by the news media are suggested as ways to broaden the range of views in foreign news reporting.
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