Closely examining how the news media reports economic and financial matters, this book equips students with solid methodological skills for reading and interpreting the news alongside a toolkit for best practice as an economic journalist.

How to Read Economic News combines theory and practice to explore the discourse surrounding economics in the mass media and how this specialised form of reporting can be improved. Beginning by introducing major concepts such as financialised economic reporting, media amnesia and loss of trust, the book goes on to help students to interpret, understand and analyse existing news discourse and to identify subtle biases in news reports stemming from hegemonic belief systems. The final section puts this analytical knowledge into practice, providing students with methods for the critical production of news and covering such skills as identifying newsworthiness, story sourcing, achieving clarity, and using complex datasets in news stories.

This is a key text for students and academics in the fields of financial journalism and critical discourse analysis who wish to approach the subject with a critical eye.

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Chapter 1: Introduction – How to Read Economic News

Henry Silke

Fergal Quinn

Maria Rieder


Part I: Connecting economic theory, ideology and journalism

Chapter 2: Economic Imaginaries, Economics Theories And The Role Of Economic Journalism

Hendrik Theine

Chapter 3: What can journalism learn from Heterodox Economics

Andrea Grisold

Chapter 4: Ideology, Economics and Journalism

Henry Silke

Chapter 5: Journalism Studies and Crises: Economic, Environmental and Political - Towards a political Economic Approach.

Paschal Preston


Part II: Methodological approaches for evaluation of economy-related media output

Chapter 6: Using Content Analysis to study Economic Journalism

Fergal Quinn

Muireann Prendergast

Chapter 7: Analysing Economic News Sources: Who gets to speak?

Henry Silke

Chapter 8: Corpus Linguistics and Economic Media research

Brian Clancy

Elaine Vaughan

Chapter 9: Breaking Down the Discourse, Exposing Power in Economic Journalism – Critical Discourse Analysis

Maria Rieder

Hendrik Theine

Chapter 10: Deconstructing Economic Discourses on Broadcast News

Ciara Graham

Brendan O’Rourke

Chapter 11: Deconstructing Discourse: Applying Interview Research in the Economic Newsroom

Sophie Knowles

Nadine Strauß

Chapter 12: Researching Audiences: Understanding how economic news is received

Mike Berry


Part III: News production: Best practices for investigating economic and business stories

Chapter 13: Making sense of economic data

Donal Palcic

Darragh Flannery

Chapter 14: Economic news approaches

Audrey Galvin

Brian Hurley

Chapter 15: Where theory meets practice - tips for BETTER economic journalism

Fergal Quinn

Maria Rieder

Henry Silke