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Title: Inequality in times of pandemics: How online media are starting to treat the economic consequences of the coronavirus crisis
Author: Odriozola Chéné, Javier
Díaz Noci, Javier
Serrano Tellería, Ana
Pérez Arozamena, Rosa
Pérez Altable, Laura
Linares Lanzman, Juan
García Carretero, Lucía
Calvo Rubio, Luis Mauricio
Torres Mendoza, Manuel
Antón Bravo, Adolfo
Others: Universidad Europea del Atlántico
Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Universidad de Castilla la Mancha
Universidad Nebrija
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC)
Keywords: COVID-19
digital media
income inequality
inequality of opportunities
digital journalism
Latin America
social classes
Issue Date: 22-May-2020
Publisher: Profesional de la información
Citation: Odriozola-Chené, J. [Javier], Díaz Noci, J. [Javier], Serrano-Tellería, A. [Ana], Pérez-Arozamena, R. [Rosa], Pérez-Altable, L. [Laura], Linares-Lanzman, J. [Juan], García-Carretero, L. [Lucía], Calvo-Rubio, L.M. [Luis Mauricio], Torres-Mendoza, M. [Manuel] & Antón-Bravo, A. [Adolfo] (2020). Inequality in times of pandemics: How online media are starting to treat the economic consequences of the coronavirus crisis. El Profesional de la Información, 29(4), 1-16. doi: 10.3145/epi.2020.jul.03
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Abstract: In December 2019, Chinese authorities informed the World Health Organization about a new coronavirus disease that would come to be called Covid-19. The world media began reporting on this new virus and its consequences. However, reports about Covid-19 would not appear in the European and American media until their societies became aware of both the health and economic consequences of Covid-19 in March 2020. This article analyzes the online media coverage of economic inequality. The goal is to understand the formation of the public agenda, based on the impact of the disease on social classes as the main factor generating greater inequality levels, in particular inequality of opportunities as the most remarkable topic during the first stage of the pandemic. According to the first results of this content analysis, the social class divide will be deepened by the pandemic. For this study, a tool was designed to analyze both the manifest and latent content of the items. Using content analysis, an analysis of news published by 33 digital media in both Europe and Latin America from March 14 to April 14, 2020 was conducted. The results of this study show that income inequality appears as the core variable of the problem, although social classes remain important. The imbalanced access to health and education public services also receives continuous coverage in the media. However, poverty as a consequence of this situation remains an uncomfortable issue and tends to be presented in an undramatized way.
Language: English
ISSN: 1386-6710MIAR
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