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The Effects of Media News about Immigrants on Majority’s Attitudes and Behaviors towards Immigrants

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Project "IMMIGRANTS" data sheet

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Organization address
city: BERN
postcode: 3012

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 Coordinator Country Switzerland [CH]
 Project website
 Total cost 187˙419 €
 EC max contribution 187˙419 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2015
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-01-01   to  2019-07-23


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITAET BERN CH (BERN) coordinator 187˙419.00


 Project objective

The interdisciplinary IMMIGRANTS project aims at a better understanding of how media influence majority’s attitudes and behaviors towards immigrants – a socially pressing issue connected to rapid expansion of immigration in Europe. In the project, I will focus on different aspects of media news – their valence, labels used for immigrants’ ethnicity and pictures of immigrants accompanying media articles about immigrants. The first goal of my research is to investigate how different labels used for immigrants’ ethnicity (nouns vs. adjectives) combined with different valence of media articles about immigrants (positive vs. negative vs. ambivalent) influence participants’ attitudes and behaviors towards immigrants. My second goal is to compare the effects of articles accompanied by different images of immigrants and articles without such images on participants’ attitudes and behaviors towards immigrants. Both goals feature a number of tasks related to the effects of media articles on attitudes and behaviors towards immigrants: I will test underlying mechanisms (e.g., biometrically tracked positive and negative emotions) and boundary conditions (e.g., social status and category salience of an immigrant group, participants’ intergroup contact with immigrants) of these effects. In three studies of the IMMIGRANTS project, I bring together different traditions on media and immigrant research and address several gaps in social scientific literature (e.g., too narrow focus on negative media news in political and media research, too narrow focus on positive intergroup contact and self-reported emotions in psychology). The outcome of IMMIGRANTS can be used to inform guidelines for professional training of journalists, policy makers, and social workers to become more sensitive to the impact of language describing immigrants.


year authors and title journal last update
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2019 Sylvie Graf, Pavla Linhartova, Sabine Sczesny
The effects of news report valence and linguistic labels on prejudice against social minorities
published pages: 1-29, ISSN: 1521-3269, DOI: 10.1080/15213269.2019.1584571
Media Psychology Advance online 2020-01-29

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