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Raphaël Dallaire-Ferland July 7, 2012
In a report published this week, Influence Communication analyzed 396 front pages of Montreal’s four commercial dailies —La Presse, Le Devoir, Le Journal de Montréal and The Gazette.
The period covered extends from February 15, when strike votes first started attracting major media attention, up to June 9, 2012, more than one week after the failure of negotiations between minister Michelle Courchesne and the student leaders.
While the conflict made the front pages of Le Devoir, La Presse and The Gazette in similar proportions (approximately 73.5% of front pages), Le Journal de Montréal gave it less attention, allocating 42% of front-page coverage. Le Devoir had the highest ratio of top headlines (stories given the most space) devoted to the student movement, occupying 43.88% of the total of its front pages.
Le Journal de Montréal concentrated the most on scenes of violence, using them in 33.33% of its front-page photos. This represents a difference of 12.26% relative to the average of the four newspapers. Taking into consideration all of the demonstration images used in this paper, 70.81% showed scenes of vandalism, altercations with police or masked protesters.
The Gazette had the lowest rate of photos showing signs of violence at 12.50%, while Le Devoir had the highest proportion of images showing peaceful gatherings, at 33.33%.
Le Devoir received a special mention for its “poetic” titles.
Front-page demonstration photos
Influence Communication analyzed 396 front pages of newspapers, from February 15 to June 9.
Percentage of front pages mentioning the conflict
Le Devoir: 73.5%
Le Journal de Montréal: 42.0%
La Presse: 74.5%
The Gazette: 73.0%
Percentage of photos of the conflict showing a demonstration
Le Devoir: 65.6%
Le Journal de Montréal: 57.2%
La Presse: 64.6%
The Gazette: 84.2%
Percentage of demonstration photos showing violence
Le Devoir: 33.3%
Le Journal de Montréal: 70.8%
La Presse: 52.4%
The Gazette: 26.3%
Translated from the original French by Translating the printemps érable.
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