Using ‘new’ data sources for ‘old’ newspaper research: Developing guidelines for data collection

Schafraad, P., Wester, F. & Scheepers, P., 2006, In : Communications. 31, p. 455 1 p.

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  • Pytrik Schafraad
  • Fred Wester
  • Peer Scheepers
This article discusses the benefits and limitations of collecting electronic data for large-scale thematic content analysis. We will discuss a number of methodological and technical issues. The first one is the construction of a list of relevant keywords that serves as the primary data collecting device. This is not only a technical necessity, but also secures a theoretically and empirically valid collection of data. The second concern is the quality of electronic archive information. Finally, source-specific data characteristics and coding difficulties are dealt with. In conclusion, seven guidelines for electronic data collecting are proposed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)455
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2006


  • electronic data sources, newspapers, content analysis, data collection

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