Journal article

Framing the NBN: An Analysis of Newspaper Representations

R Wilken, J Kennedy, M Arnold, M GIBBS, B Nansen

Communication, Politics & Culture Journal | RMIT University | Published : 2015


The National Broadband Network (NBN), Australia’s largest public infrastructure project, was initiated to deliver universal access to high-speed broadband. Since its announcement, the NBN has attracted a great deal of media coverage, coupled with at times divisive political debate around delivery models, costs and technologies. In this article we report on the results of a pilot study of print media coverage of the NBN. Quantitative and qualitative content analysis techniques were used to examine how the NBN was represented in The Age and The Australian newspapers during the period from 1 July 2008 to 1 July 2013. Our findings show that coverage was overwhelmingly negative and largely focuse..

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