The utilization of journalistic sources in the national press: Communicating the transition from economic crisis to sustainable growth


  • Theodora Maniou Frederick University
  • Irene Photiou Frederick University
  • Nikleia Eteokleous Frederick University
  • Ioannis Seitanidis Open University of Cyprus



press, journalistic sources, sustainable growth, Cyprus


This paper discusses the role and utilization of journalistic sources in the process of communicating the transitional path of a society in crisis towards economic and sustainable growth. It is mainly concerned with the general tendency of the press to display a high degree of manipulation of public opinion by reduction of the diversity of sources and/or their misuse. Cyprus was selected as a case study not only because newspapers still play a dominant role in shaping public opinion in contrast to New Media, but also because sustainable growth has been the basic argument and rhetoric in governmental communication policy, which promoted it as one of the main means in overcoming the ongoing economic/banking crisis the country has been facing since the bailout of the banking sector in 2013. The aim of this research is to examine which categories of journalistic sources shape this topic in the current public sphere and the ways journalists perceive and practice the utilization of their sources. Content analysis has been employed as the basic methodological tool, while a questionnaire survey on journalists of the national press was additionally conducted in order to explain these findings and conclude the study.

Author Biographies

Theodora Maniou, Frederick University

Theodora Maniou, Ph.D., is a Lecturer in the Department of Journalism, Frederick University of Cyprus. She holds a BA in Journalism (AUTH, Greece), an MA in Communications Policy Studies (CITY, University of London, UK) & a Ph.D. in Journalism (AUTH, Greece). She has worked as a journalist since 1994 in broadcast, print and web media. She is a member of the International Federation of Journalists, the European Federation of Journalists and the Macedonia Thrace Union of Journalists (Greece).

Irene Photiou, Frederick University

Irene Photiou is a member of the special teaching staff in the Department of Journalism, Frederick University of Cyprus. She holds a Master’s in Communication from the State University of New York (Brockport, USA) and a Bachelor’s in Journalism and Mass Media from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece). She is currently studying towards her Ph.D. with a focus on mass media and culture with the Department of Journalism and Mass Media of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece).

Nikleia Eteokleous, Frederick University

Nikleia Eteokleous, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Sciences, Frederick University of Cyprus. She holds a Ph.D. in Educational Administration with an emphasis on Educational Technology (confirmed 2004), an M.Ed in Instructional Systems with an emphasis on Educational Technology (2003), an M.Ed in Educational Administration (2002) from Pennsylvania State University and a BA in Public Administration and Management with an emphasis on Finance (2001) from the University of Cyprus.

Ioannis Seitanidis, Open University of Cyprus

Ioannis Seitanidis is currently studying towards the completion of his MSc in Banking & Finance, in the Open University of Cyprus. He also holds a BA in Business Administration (A-TEI Serron, Greece), where he has been working as a journalist since 1994, and today he is the Chief Editor of Finance & Economics in the Cypriot newspaper Politis.


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How to Cite

Maniou, T., Photiou, I., Eteokleous, N. ., & Seitanidis, I. (2017). The utilization of journalistic sources in the national press: Communicating the transition from economic crisis to sustainable growth . Central European Journal of Communication, 10(1(18), 98-113.



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