A media discourse analysis
Abstract This study addresses the problem of media discourse analysis. The main question arising from this problem, which this study addresses is the discursive construction of social reality that is involved in the production and consumption of newsprint media. My central thesis in addressing this question is that within the framework of the ne country two systems different newspapers such as the China Daily and South China Morning Post represent, can and do report the same events in entirely different ways that reflect their respective social, political and economic contexts of production and consumption. The aim is to undertake a comparative analysis of the these two English language newspapers in their coverage of the protest march against Article 23 and the related discourse involving the events that followed July 1, 2003. The research context of this study is in the domain of Critical Discourse Analysis, Systemic Functional Linguistics and Social Semiotic Theory. The study begins from the premise that in order to undertake a comprehensive newsprint media analysis, it is necessary to draw from a range of theoretical approaches depending on the focus of the analysis and the modes of media representation being analysed. The method used therefore involves concepts drawn from these theoretical approaches. The results show that the two newspapers do indeed discursively construct and shape the news according to the social, political and economic contextual factors of their production and consumption. The significance of this study lies in the fact that it also addresses visual elements of newsprint reporting, as well as discursive and textual features as they apply in the Hong Kong / China context. In short, this study investigates media discourse analysis by drawing on a range of theoretical concepts to achieve a comparative study of the two newspapers in question and how they construct the news and in turn are shaped by their own contexts of production and consumption.
School:The University of Hong Kong
School Location:China - Hong Kong SAR
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:press china hong kong discourse analysis systemic grammar functionalism linguistics semiotics social aspects
Date of Publication:01/01/2004