Democracy in Action: Press coverage of 2019 elections in India – The interplay of money and politics

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Abstract

This research project studies how the Indian press covered the 2019 general elections, the largest democracy in action in the world, through in-depth interviews with working newspaper journalists in the country. The study focuses on the extent to which the press covered public needs, the impact of government advertising and political patronage, press owners’ close ties with politicians and businessmen, and perceived challenges in election coverage. The study has found that there is great diversity in election coverage and newsroom operations among the Indian press. While earlier research findings are often critical of the Indian media in its pursuit of profits and power after economic liberalizations in the 1990s, most newspaper journalists in the country still believe in the importance of informing the people and promoting democracy and social progress, which might help explain how the Indian press has successfully resisted the global trend of the decline in newspaper circulation, withstood competitive challenges from the digital media, remains vibrant and accounts for many of the top-circulating papers in the world.
Original languageEnglish
StatePublished - 2022
Eventthe 105th Annual Conference of AEJMC (The Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication) - Detroit
Duration: Jan 1 2022Dec 31 2022

Conference

Conferencethe 105th Annual Conference of AEJMC (The Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication)
Period01/1/2212/31/22

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