Civic voice in multimodal news narratives

Yrjö Tuunanen, Heidi Hirsto

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In this chapter, we examine civic voice in visual news narratives about the economic crisis. We discuss how the possibility of voice may be linked to particular practices in multimodal news discourse. We analyze captioned stock photo galleries depicting anti-austerity protests in Greece, and demonstrate how these narratives create a simplified grouping of actors with narrative necessity and a loose connection to the “real”. Thus, they reproduce the dominant master narrative juxtaposing financial pragmatism with emotioned expressions of civic voice. We discuss how this kind of doing the crisis tends to muffle civic voice and naturalize the establishment story of the crisis. We conclude by proposing how multimodal online news reporting might better realize their potential in mediating civic voice.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCrisis and the Media
Subtitle of host publicationNarratives of crisis across cultural settings and media genres
EditorsMarianna Patrona
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)9789027264428
ISBN (Print)9789027200341
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2018
MoE publication typeA3 Part of a book or another research book

Publication series

NameDiscourse approaches to politics, society, and culture
ISSN (Print)1569-9463


  • visual news
  • multimodal news narration
  • binary constructions
  • financial crisis discourse
  • critical multimodal narrative analysis
  • agency
  • civic voice
  • narrative necessity
  • editorial reality

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