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Septiembre-octubre de 2020, vol. 29, núm. 5
Pluralismo informativo / Informative pluralism

Presence of think tanks in the Spanish digital press

Enrique Planells-Artigot; Myriam Martí-Sánchez; Carolina Moreno-Castro

This article is available in open access

Abstract: The study of think tanks in Spain has been growing in the last few years with an equally increasing number of social and grassroots movements. This article offers content analysis results from a selection of eight Spanish think tanks in the digital press during a seven-year period, adding new conclusions to previous literature for the same period. Not only does this research explore the appearance on the media, but also the type of mentions and authorship of the articles and blogs included in the digital press, contributing to a deeper study of think tanks. The objective of this study is to analyse the limited presence of Spanish think tanks in media outlets and whether their appearance is ideologically motivated. The article built a constructed week sampling and followed a content analysis methodology to gather quantitative and qualitative elements from the selected sampling (n=1,101). The paper concludes that the presence of think tanks in the Spanish digital press is limited, causing not only a lack of knowledge of their existence but also raising questions about how they try to impact on the policymaking process.

Keywords: Think tanks; Content analysis; Agenda setting; Politics; Economics; Social influence; Communication; Digital press; Media; Cybermedia; Online media; Public policies; MyNews; Spain.