What journalists reminder us of: Representation of a crucial international event in Turkish press - Malta Summit of 1989

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Estudos em Comunicacao, no.24, pp.43-58, 2017 (Scopus) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Abstract
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Doi Number: 10.20287/ec.n24.a03
  • Journal Name: Estudos em Comunicacao
  • Journal Indexes: Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.43-58
  • Keywords: Collective memory, Discourse studies, Malta Summit News, Teun van Dijk, Turkish journalism
  • Anadolu University Affiliated: Yes


The role of media in crafting storing, retrieving, reactivating, preserving and shaping collective memories is now a thriving field of. This work, combined with van Dijk's (1988a; 1988b; 2011) studies of news discourses, alows us consider in more detail, the role of journalists-As an ideological groupin shaping collective memories through their social representations of news events. This study explores this process through an analysis of the way Turkish journalists represented one of important international events of recent years, the "Malta Summit" meeting between US President George Bush and Soviet leader Mikhael Gorbachev on December 2-3, 1989 in Malta. Prior to it taking place, most East European countries had already begun the process of political transformation. The summit resulted in the declaration of the "end of the Cold War" and important decisions concerning the disarmanent process. For the purposes of this study, five days of news coverage acrosss a representative sample of the Turkish opinion press (Cumhuriyet, Göneş and Tercöman), popular press (Hörriyet, Sabah and Gönaydin) and quasi-opinion/popular press (Milliyet) were selected for analysis. The analysis addressed thematic and schematic structures at the macro structural level; local semantics and local coherence at the microstructural level; together with the lexical style of the news and the content of the news photographs. 1.