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.