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: Whose voices are heard in the news? A study of sources in television coverage of the Scottish independence referendum
Author(s): Dekavalla, Marina
Jelen-Sanchez, Alenka
Contact Email:
Keywords: Media sources
independence referendum
Issue Date: Nov-2017
Citation: Dekavalla M & Jelen-Sanchez A (2017) Whose voices are heard in the news? A study of sources in television coverage of the Scottish independence referendum. British Politics, 12 (4), pp. 449-472.
Abstract: This article explores the prominence of different types of sources in the coverage of the 2014 Scottish independence referendum on BBC Scotland’s regional news bulletin. It combines the most commonly used classifications of news sources in the literature and proposes an integrated taxonomy, in which official, unofficial, elite and non-elite sources may take on news shaper or news maker roles. This taxonomy is used to analyse the referendum coverage on BBC’s Reporting Scotland in the final month of the campaign. Findings suggest that, despite the presence of many different types of sources, male-dominated political elites were the main focus in the news. We argue that, although the inclusion of some grassroots and citizen sources is encouraging, the coverage more broadly manifests a liberal democratic logic whereby the media represent the views of politicians and political organisations to the public, whose role is to make an informed choice between them with comparatively limited opportunities to participate in the mediated political debate.
DOI Link: 10.1057/s41293-016-0026-4
Rights: This item has been embargoed for a period. During the embargo please use the Request a Copy feature at the foot of the Repository record to request a copy directly from the author. You can only request a copy if you wish to use this work for your own research or private study. This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of an article published in British Politics. The definitive publisher-authenticated version Dekavalla, M. & Jelen-Sanchez, A. Br Polit (2017) 12: 449. is available online at:

Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormat 
Whose voices are heard in the news 12 08 16 (1).pdfFulltext - Accepted Version997.01 kBAdobe PDFView/Open

This item is protected by original copyright

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

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.