THE ASSESMENT OF THE ROLE OF POLICE OFFICERS IN LITHUANIAN NEWS PORTALS DURING THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

Rasa Dobržinskienė

Abstract


In the 21st century the role of communications is given more functions and a wider context. The speed of information dissemination inevitably becomes an attendant of consumer society. The exclusive capability of the electronic mass media to provide its audience with info ‘right here, right now’ gives the public a prompt access to coverage of the events happening both in Lithuania, and globally. Articles headlines help us navigate through many of news items offered to readers. In order to keep this society constantly involved in this vortex, news portals use compelling headlines that are often either redundant, hyperbolized, or far removed from the article itself. Analyzing the role of police officers during a coronavirus pandemic, the headlines of news portal articles were examined. Articles headlines help us navigate through many of the news items offered to readers.

So the present research aims to explore headlines of news portal articles in the context of their relevance to the content of the article they present when news is about police officers and their role during the coronavirus pandemic. The object of the research is headlines of articles about police officers in Lithuanian news portals. The objective of the research is to analyze the propositional content of headlines of articles about police officers in the Lithuanian news portals. The used methods are qualitative content analysis to analyze the headlines and their context and descriptive methods to analyze scientific publications.

The research had shown that during the new COVID-19 pandemic, electronic mass media seemed to temporarily forget the negativity, and with the aim to maintain general discipline and order in public domain, practically totally refrained from posting any negative information on police officers. However the institution itself was still presented as playing the disciplinary and punishing role, but was changed the assessment of the role of police officers in news portal of Lithuania.


Keywords


communication; news portals; headlines; police officers; COVID 19

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.13165/PSPO-20-25-06

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