The 2009 Media Study was carried out within the framework of PIREDEU project. PIREDEU was funded by the European Union’s FP 7 program.
The purpose of the study was to keep as much continuity as possible with media studies that had conducted in 1999 and also in 2004 (within the framework of EES) in terms of data sources and methodology. The study explores similar questions on Europeaness of news coverage, agenda setting, economic voting, framing, and mobilization. It builds a longitudinal study comprising studies 1999, 2004, and 2009. The substantive innovation consists in including new themes and creating explicit links with the voter and party manifesto components. The content analysis was carried out on a sample of national news media coverage in 27 EU-member states. The focus is on national television and newspapers because these media are consistently listed as the most important sources of information about the EU for citizens in Europe (Eurobarometer 54–62). In each country, data includes the main national evening news broadcasts of the most widely watched public and commercial television stations, and two quality and one tabloid newspaper from each country. For countries without a relevant tabloid newspaper, the most sensationalist-oriented other daily newspaper was included. These media outlets were selected to provide a comprehensive idea about the news coverage in each country. The television sample consists of 58 TV networks and out newspaper sample consists of 84 different newspapers.
How to cite this data: Schuck, Andreas; Xezonakis, Georgios; Banducci, Susan; de Vreese, Claes H. (2010): European Parliament Election Study 2009, Media Study. GESIS Data Archive, Cologne. ZA5056 Data file Version 1.0.0, doi:10.4232/1.10203