This thesis analyzes the role of the news media in the Referendum for Independence in the Spanish autonomous region of Catalonia. More specifically, I seek to shed light on if a newspaper's geographical location or political views result in biased media coverage. Based on communications theory, I argue that news coverage can shape the public's political opinion and attitudes. My research analyzed the reporting of two core newspapers by sampling articles from a major newspaper based in Madrid, El País, and a newspaper based in Catalonia, La Vanguardia. My results suggest that the newspaper's location and distribution had a greater impact on coverage compared to its political and ideological leanings.
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
College of Sciences
School of Politics, Security, and International Affairs
English and Spanish
Julien, Sofia N., "The Referendum for Independence in Catalonia and Newspaper Coverage: The Importance of Regional and Political Factors" (2021). Honors Undergraduate Theses. 1073.