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Lidskoprávní šílenství: mediální reprezentace inkluzivního vzdělávání v denících Blesk, Aha! a MF DNES

Title in English Human Rights Madness: Media Representation of Inclusive Education and its Comparison in Blesk, Aha! and MF DNES Daily Newspapers


Year of publication 2018
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Mediální studia
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Social Studies

Keywords Agenda-setting; comparative content analysis; framing; inclusive education; media representation; people with disabilities; stereotypes
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Description This paper analyzes and compares the media representation of inclusive education in three Czech daily newspapers (Blesk, Aha!, and MF DNES) during the 2014–2017 period. In 2016, an amendment to the Schools Act was adopted, stipulating that children with special needs were to be gradually included into the classes of mainstream primary schools. Despite its tabloid focus, Blesk paid unusually close attention to this topic: it set up a special section called Stop the Harmful Inclusion and launched a systematic negative campaign against the amendment. The paper examines the mechanisms Blesk used in the campaign and compares its representation of inclusive education with another tabloid newspaper Aha! and a broadsheet newspaper MF DNES. The results show that Blesk employed various editorial strategies as tools to support negative image of inclusive education: e.g., it gave voice primarily to sources critical of inclusive education, selected topics pointing out negative aspects of the amendment, and adopted mostly negative framing. On the other hand, MF DNES offered a more balanced representation, and the other tabloid daily Aha! paid only minimal attention to this topic.

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