by Valentina Boschian Bailo
This essay aims to analyse practices of identity construction in news discourse. By taking into consideration a selection of news items collected from two online mainstream English-language press websites, namely the BBC and CNN official websites, I investigate how refugees walking the so-called Balkan Route are represented. I proceed by comparing how migrants are represented by the two different media channels in order to look for portrayals of refugees in the Western world in present-day news media. The discussion revolves around the concept of identity and its linguistic construction in news.