The Scottish independence referendum, political journalism and the news media landscape

Dekavalla, Marina (2021) The Scottish independence referendum, political journalism and the news media landscape. In: Morrison, James, Birks, Jen and Berry, Mike (eds.) The Routledge companion to political journalism. Routledge Media and Cultural Studies Companions . Routledge. ISBN 9780367248222

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Abstract

The 2014 Scottish referendum may have not established an independent country, but it reinforced the perception that Scotland was changing and that the news media had to follow, in both their structures and content. This chapter discusses the coverage of that referendum in its political and economic context. It argues that the referendum period gave Scottish journalism a boost, with print and broadcast platforms producing more content than usual, but it led to relatively moderate change in the media sector in its aftermath. Scottish media experienced considerable challenges in the years before, during and after the referendum, influenced both by ongoing financial pressures and changing political trends. Scottish press companies, struggling against falling revenues, sought to maintain their print and digital products’ viability, and at the same time to cater to readers’ expectations in terms of content and delivery. The broadcasting sector, which had long been at the centre of heated debate concerning its autonomy from London, gradually saw the addition first of dedicated current affairs programmes, and then of a new television channel. The chapter positions these developments in the context of the political economy of the media in this period of change for journalism and politics in Scotland.

Item Type: Book Section
Schools and Departments: School of Media, Film and Music > Media and Film
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Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2021 08:11
Last Modified: 01 Nov 2021 15:43
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/99992

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