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U.S. television reporting of the Arab Spring: A study of ABC, CBS and NBC
by Adegbola, Oluseyi, M.A., University of Nebraska at Omaha, 2016, 86; 10139262
Abstract (Summary)

Reporting of international conflict has implications for understanding, political action, and policy formation. This means media coverage can influence the outcomes of conflict. This study investigated reporting of the Arab Spring conflicts by U.S. television networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC). The study examined the time frame between the onset of the uprising and February 29, 2012 when dictators were unseated in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and Yemen. Agenda-setting and media framing theory were used to analyze transcripts (N = 316) for dominant issues, sources used, frames and, social media. Results of the study corroborate existing research regarding conflict reporting. Coverage was mostly episodic and dominated by violence, however, attention was paid to the role of social media in overthrowing regimes, violent acts of regime brutality, and democracy. Core causes of the uprising received only marginal coverage. Ordinary domestic citizens were used most frequently as sources. Other findings applicable to U.S. media coverage are presented.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Gearhart, Sherice
Commitee: Allen, Chris, Qureshi, Sajda
School: University of Nebraska at Omaha
Department: Communication
School Location: United States -- Nebraska
Source: MAI 55/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Mass communications
Keywords: Arab Spring, Conflict, Content analysis, International reporting, Television reporting
Publication Number: 10139262
ISBN: 978-1-339-94759-4
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