Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
Appears in Collections:Communications, Media and Culture Journal Articles
Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Issue and game frames in the news: Frame-building factors in television coverage of the 2014 Scottish independence referendum
Author(s): Dekavalla, Marina
Keywords: Frame building
strategic game frame
Issue Date: 1-Nov-2018
Date Deposited: 9-Oct-2016
Citation: Dekavalla M (2018) Issue and game frames in the news: Frame-building factors in television coverage of the 2014 Scottish independence referendum. Journalism, 19 (11), pp. 1588-1607.
Abstract: This article explores frame building in Scottish television coverage of the 2014 independence referendum. It uses content analysis of news and current affairs coverage and semi-structured interviews with broadcasters and their sources to explain how factors internal and external to the media may be specifically connected to the prominence of generic issue and game frames in the coverage. It argues that broadcasters’ perception of their role in this event and the powerful influence of political sources were factors that encouraged policy-focused coverage, while the journalistic routine of balance and media organizations’ perceptions of what would attract audiences favoured the strategic game frame.
DOI Link: 10.1177/1464884916674231
Rights: This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 License ( which permits non-commercial use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access pages (
Licence URL(s):

Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormat 
1464884916674231.pdfFulltext - Published Version271.06 kBAdobe PDFView/Open

This item is protected by original copyright

A file in this item is licensed under a Creative Commons License Creative Commons

Items in the Repository are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.

The metadata of the records in the Repository are available under the CC0 public domain dedication: No Rights Reserved

If you believe that any material held in STORRE infringes copyright, please contact providing details and we will remove the Work from public display in STORRE and investigate your claim.