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COVID-19 in Singapore and New Zealand: newspaper portrayal, crisis management

COVID-19 in Singapore and New Zealand: newspaper portrayal, crisis management

Thirumaran, K, Mohammadi, Zohre ORCID: 0000-0003-3795-1400, Pourabedin, Zahra, Azzali, Simona and Sim, Karen (2021) COVID-19 in Singapore and New Zealand: newspaper portrayal, crisis management. Tourism Management Perspectives, 38:100812. pp. 1-11. ISSN 2211-9736 (Print), 2211-9744 (Online) (doi:

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News frames influence destination reputation. Research primarily focuses on social media impact relative to destination reputation. Newspaper reporting is a major source of information which remains a study area underexplored when assessing news media framing. This study fills the gap by analyzing how newspapers from tourist generating countries such as China, USA, and Australia portrayed reputable destinations like New Zealand’s and Singapore’s efforts to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic. The ProQuest library database was used to collect 192 newspaper articles. The software Qualtrics Text iQ and Leximancer were used to track sentiments, identify themes and concepts correlating with literature on tourism crisis management. Responses to the COVID-19 pandemic yields a negatively lower sentiment value for New Zealand, than Singapore’s higher sentiment value. The contribution lies in the relationship concept emphasizing shifts in destination reputation corollary to crisis management, and to account for reputation fluctuations in media framework theory.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: COVID-19; newspapers’ portrayal; sentiment analysis; government responses; crisis communication; New Zealand; Singapore
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD61 Risk Management
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Faculty of Business > Department of Marketing, Events & Tourism
Last Modified: 12 May 2023 08:08

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