Nowadays, people tend to choose online news media to get news. One newspaper that is often used as a source of reading is Tribunnews. As a form of discourse, news articles are part of the text. Van Dijk (1988) argues that discourse structures have a special role in the making of the text, since it produces continuity, which exists between one part of the text and another. This study aims to reveal the use of discourse structure in reporting South China Sea dispute in Tribunnews Online Media in two articles, Indonesia Patut Bersyukur Beryukur Atas Kekalahan China Terkait Laut China Selatan and Australia Berniat Patroli Bersama Indonesia di Laut China Selatan, Beijing Diprediksi Akan Meradang. This study uses qualitative approach, in way to get the objective of this research. This research uses discourse structure theory, which has two steps. First, global structure is dealing with the overall or larger segments of discourse. Then, superstructure related to the overall framework of the text structured in a news report. The superstructure analysis only focused on schematic that focuses on scheme, a framework of a text, such as the introduction, contents, closing, and conclusions. Second, local structures concerns about the smallest or linguistic elements including the semantic, syntactic, lexical, and rhetorical styles. It focused on several key factors, which are particularly sensitive in framing. As the result, this study found that in the period of four months, Tribunnews described Indonesia as inconsistent regarding Indonesia’ s position in the South China Sea dispute.
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