The impact of COVID-19 on the arts and cultural sector: British newspaper reporting of the Culture Recovery Fund

Eva Nieto Mcavoy, Stuart Allan

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This Discussion Paper presents the findings of a study examining British newspaper coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic's impact on the cultural and creative industries (CCIs) from 1 January to 31 December 2020 (n.4,162).It assesses the broad contours of this coverage before focusing on a pivotal week - 3 to 10 July - where we find the highest concentration of items reporting on the Culture Recovery Fund (CRF) and on freelancers in the arts and cultural sector (n.215). We explore the following questions: (1) how are issues central to the Culture Recovery Fund and freelancers framed / represented in the coverage? (2) How is the government response to the crisis in the cultural and creative industries characterised and responsibility ttributed?; (3) what actors (sectors, institutions, ocations) are present in the coverage, which ones are the key sources, and how are their views represented? We found that the framing of the issues in news items mostly offered narrow parameters of discussion, proving overly reliant upon official press releases, and affording space to a limited range of voices.
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Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2022

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