In the age of post-truth journalism, with Trump and Brexit dominating news, we tend to forget that mediatisation and a push for neoliberal narratives has been on our screens for decades. The global coverage of the 1994 South African election is one such example. This research paper investigates how a snapshot of global North news channels reported on this election, and shows that visuals and spectacle were highlighted at the expense of a clear and deep analysis of the complex transition from apartheid to democracy. The research questions guiding this investigation asked two things: how was the 1994 election portrayed on global North television news, and whether journalists used mediatised reporting (including neoliberal narratives, post-Cold War frames, and media logic) to describe the election. This paper presents firstly an overview of relevant literature pertaining to themes of reporting about elections, secondly a brief description of the methods of investigation including the dedicated analysis technique, and thirdly the findings from the research. This paper ends with a discussion about the narratives of the 1994 election and concludes by comparing the mediatised reporting in 1994 to the "trumpification" of journalism in recent years.
|Publication status||Unpublished - 2017|
|Event||Future of Journalism - Cardiff University, Cardiff, United Kingdom|
Duration: 14 Sep 2017 → …
|Conference||Future of Journalism|
|Period||14/09/17 → …|
- Political Communication
- South Africa
- visual analysis
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Sociology and Political Science
Jones, B. (2017). Neoliberalism and mediatisation in the “miracle” election: the semiotics of the 1994 South African election on global North TV news. Paper presented at Future of Journalism, Cardiff, United Kingdom.