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International Journal of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education
Volume 4, Issue 10, 2017, Page No: 81-91

The Social Context of Editorials at Medan-Based Newspapers

Sahlan Tampubolon1,Amrin Saragih2,Eddy Setia3, Nurlela4

1.Post-Graduate Program of Linguistics, Faculty of Cultural Sciences, University of Sumatera Utara, Medan (Indonesia).

Citation :Sahlan Tampubolon,Amrin Saragih,Eddy Setia,Nurlela, The Social Context of Editorials at Medan-Based Newspapers International Journal of Humanities Social Sciences and Education 2017,4(10) : 81-91


This study is aimed to describe how the social context is realized on newspaper editorial's text published in Medan as known as Surat Kabar Terbitan Medan (SKTM). The research is a qualitative descriptive study realized in three topic discussions, they are political topics, state regulators, and social topics. Three newspapers published in Medan which have an editorial were used as the object of research they are Analisa, Sinar Indonesia Baru (SIB), and Waspada. The results show that linguistic realization in terms of using process, participant, circumstance and conjunction, and social context which consists of context of situation, context of culture, and context of ideology show that Medan local newspapers are still enjoying an euphoria of free press from media status quoand adaptating to become a democratic media.The editorial texts are free to criticize a certain phenomenon, and free to criticize the government.

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