How do children and their families experience food poverty according to UK newspaper media 2006–15?

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Abigail KnightUniversity College London Institute of Education, UK

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Rebecca O'ConnellUniversity College London Institute of Education, UK

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Laura HamiltonUniversity College London Institute of Education, UK

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This paper contributes to scholarship concerned with media representations of poverty by exploring newspaper coverage of food poverty as experienced by UK children and families. Our content analysis of six contrasting print newspapers from 2006–15 finds that reporting of children's and families’ food poverty begins in 2011, peaks in 2014 and is dominated by articles about foodbanks. Narrative analysis identifies differences as well as similarities in the ways the problem is constructed in papers with different political stances as well as notable absences in the coverage, including the broader dimensions of food poverty and the views of children themselves.

Abigail KnightUniversity College London Institute of Education, UK

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