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8-year-old boy protesting? Analysis of comments on militant children in UOL news reports

Grant number: 21/08256-0
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): October 01, 2021
Effective date (End): September 30, 2022
Field of knowledge:Applied Social Sciences - Communications - Theory of Communication
Principal researcher:Juliana Doretto
Grantee:Winycius Morais dos Santos
Home Institution: Centro de Linguagem e Comunicação. Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Campinas (PUC-CAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil


This project aims to investigate how part of the readership of the news website UOL sees the political actions of children who seek to publicly their position and defend causes. We focus on two specific episodes covered by the portal: the attempt to censor the Rio de Janeiro Book Biennial, in 2019, by the then-mayor of the city, Marcelo Crivella, who led an 8-year-old child to express his rejection of intolerance and homophobia, expressed by the politician; the death threat to an 11-year-old Colombian child in January 2021 for asking for better internet access for distance learning during the Covid-19 pandemic. Having as theoretical basis studies on the media representation of children, which usually push away young people from political decisions, the research turns to the analysis of public comments generated by the selected reports, following the perspective of reception studies. The method used to analyze the messages is content analysis, according to Bardin (2002). As one of the results of the research, we expect to formulate guidelines for journalists to give more emphasis to the political manifestations of children and adolescents, breaking through certain stereotypes of the juvenile condition. This material will be part of a manual, which has been developed by the advisor. (AU)

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