University of Hertfordshire

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

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)207-223
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Poverty and Social Justice
Publication statusPublished - 19 Apr 2018


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.

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