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Hierarchies of Incredibility: The impact of different repertoires of protest on message propagation and press coverage

Cable, Jonathan 2015. Hierarchies of Incredibility: The impact of different repertoires of protest on message propagation and press coverage. Journalism and Discourse Studies 1 (1)

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Abstract

This paper examines the tactical repertoires of three particular protest groups and how their internal objectives and decision making processes impacted upon their protest tactics and press coverage. The three groups cover a range of topics and used very different protest tactics, from a non-confrontational community campaign to a series of symbolic direct actions, and a mass demonstration. The concept of political opportunities is adapted for a more mediated politics to assess the success and failure of protest groups to propagate their messages, and the affect different media strategies and protest tactics has on this endeavour. The messages of each group are examined for their collective action frames and traced through protest group communications, protest actions, and into their framing in press coverage. The main argument put forward is that the success and failure of a protest group should be judged on what they do, their aims and goals, and not just the results of protest, such as press coverage. This gives a more complete picture to give a more complete of a protest group than just looking at the results of protest.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Journalism, Media and Culture
Publisher: Newcastle University
ISSN: 2056-3191
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Date of First Compliant Deposit: 28 October 2019
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2019 10:44
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/69789

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