Cohesive Devices Realization in The Jakarta Post News Editorials: A Discourse Analysis

Ihsan Tanama Sitio(1*), Mutia Nursyafitri Nasution(2), Nurlela Nurlela(3)

(1) University of Sumatera Utara
(2) University of Sumatera Utara
(3) University of Sumatera Utara
(*) Corresponding Author


Organizing ideas and opinions into sentences and paragraphs through editorials within news articles must be paid careful attention. To achieve that, each and every paragraph needs to be cohesive and meaningfully linked to each other. Hence, this study attempts to analyze and investigate the English cohesive devices and their realization within three The Jakarta Post news editorials entitled Respecting Boundaries, Freedom of Religion at Risk, and Honesty the Best Policy in constructing cohesive sentences so as to convey argumentative and persuasive opinions to readers. Krippendorff’s (2018) content analysis was applied as an analytical method to elucidate the cohesive devices and describe their discursive realization within the news editorials. Moreover, Halliday & Hasan’s (1976) framework of cohesion was also applied as an analytical tool to elucidate the cohesive devices in the selected editorials. Based on the findings, it was figured out that there are only three types of cohesive devices found from the three news editorials; reference (71%), conjunction (15%), and lexical cohesion (14%). The discursive realization of the cohesive devices has revealed that the writers of the three selected news editorials adequately utilized almost all of the cohesive devices in order to constitute cohesive textures that lead to persuasive and comprehensive opinions and points of view.


Cohesion; Cohesive Devices; Discourse Analysis; Jakarta Post; News Editorial

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