The space of news

28 November 2014

This project was developed during my first semester at the Free University of Bolzano-Bozen around the topic of “contrast”.

I was interested in understanding how the perception of a topic is influenced by the way news are presented and reveal the contrast that often occurs between the actual relevance of an issue and the space granted it in media.

I circumscribed my research to the front page of italian newspapers and analysed how much phisical space was allocated to each news.

I chose il Manifesto (extreme left wing), Repubblica (centre – left), il Corriere della sera (centre – right) and il Giornale (extreme right). Then selected four main topics that were discussed in news during that period in the country:

  • – the Ruby Case (red)
  • – the tsunami in Japan + the Fukushima disaster (yellow)

– the referendum about nuclear power (black)

– the referendum about the privatisation of  water (blue).

The mapping was carried out between the 1st of January and the 14th of June 2011.