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  • depoliticization

    Depoliticization occurs when the political dimensions of a particular context or action are ignored: a common occurrence in discussions around development. For instance, development assistance from an international organization to a developing country may be framed in technical terms: as a result, poverty reduction may be framed at the level of an individual or household without reference to the broader power structures that contribute to their impoverishment. Similar discourses may occur when covering political opposition or dissent: for instance, by focusing during protests on isolated cases of ‘rioting’ or ‘looting’ rather than exploring  the drivers of the demonstrations themselves. (See Nilsen, 2016 for more)
  • domestic outlook

    The 'domestic outlook' is the most common approach in journalism: its focus is predominantly on 'here', even when covering issues with global implications. A topic such as migration, for example, may be presented entirely in terms of its impacts on the country or community the journalist belongs to, with no reference to the drivers of migration in the country or origin or the individual experiences of migrants themselves.

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