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Thematic patterns on the novel coronavirus epidemic in Canadian news

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news media, COVID-19, Canada

Abstract (summary)

A content analysis of Canadian news articles was conducted to examine thematic patterns of coronavirus (COVID-19). Fifty articles were selected on Facebook from five Canadian national news channels, CBC News, CTV, Global News, Huffington Post, and The Globe and Mail. These were selected based on two keywords: coronavirus and COVID-19. Eight thematic categories were established based on keywords. The eight categories were: (1) support, (2) control, (3) health, (4) economy, (5) other countries, (6) government, (7) explanation, (8) industry. The most prevalent themes were government (23%) and health (23%). These results indicate Canadian News presents COVID-19 as a serious health-risk and discusses how the Canadian government is responding to the epidemic.

Publication Information

Richards, Madelyn J. 2020. "Thematic Patterns on the Novel Coronavirus Epidemic in Canadian News." Crossing Borders: Student Reflections on Global Social Issues 2(1). doi:10.31542/cb.v2i1.1991


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Student Article




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