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International Herald Tribune & Asharq Al Awsat coverage of the Israeli-Lebanese Conflict A Comparative study. Communication Studies Senior Capstone Fatima-azzahra Fattachi Fall 2006. Outline . Introduction Research Question and its relevance Theoretical Framework Methodology

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International Herald Tribune & Asharq Al Awsat coverage of the Israeli-Lebanese ConflictA Comparative study

Communication Studies Senior Capstone

Fatima-azzahra Fattachi

Fall 2006


Outline
Outline

  • Introduction

  • Research Question and its relevance

  • Theoretical Framework

  • Methodology

  • Findings

  • Variations in coverage

  • Constraints

  • Conclusion


The research question
The research question

  • How did International Herald Tribune and Asharq Alwsat cover the Israeli-Lebanese Conflict ?


The importance of the research
The Importance of the Research

  • Assessing media coverage of two opposing sides

  • Determining the subjectivity of certain media

  • Groundbreaking research for Morocco


Theoretical framework
Theoretical Framework

  • Agenda setting Theory

  • Framing Theory

  • Gatekeeping Theory


Methodology
Methodology

  • Content Analysis within a comparative study of the two newspapers.

    « ... It is a careful, detailed, systematic examination and interpretation of a particular body of material in an effort to identify patterns, themes, biases and meanings » (Leely & Ormrod, 2005; Neuendorf, 2002). 


The sample
The Sample

  • 9 articles retrieved from each newspaper.

    • 3 from the beginning of the war.

    • 3 from mid-war.

    • 3 post-war.


The international herald tribune
The International HeraldTribune

  • “The International Herald Tribune creates, collects and distributes world news, information, entertainment and opinion of the highest journalistic integrity. Its balanced perspective addresses all areas of human interest and is trusted and enjoyed by people in all corners of the globe.” (www.iht.com)


Asharq al awsat
Asharq Al Awsat

  • “Asharq Al-Awsat is the world's premier pan-Arab daily newspaper, Famous for conducting in-depth interviews with prominent and influential personalities alike, Asharq Al-Awsat's news team provide their world wide readers with objective and impartial news coverage, thus cementing the journalistic integrity of the newspaper.” (www.asharqalawsat.com)


Iht findings
IHT Findings

  • Headlines

    short informative phrases with simple wording

    frame the information

  • Body Text

    Narrative and descriptive style of writing

    Active voice

    Use of metaphors and analogies

  • Selection of sources

    Government officials and civilians


Asharq alawsat findings
Asharq Alawsat Findings

  • Headlines

    longer and elusive phrases

  • Body Text

    Narrative and descriptive style of writing

    Passive voice

    Use of metaphors

  • Selection of sources

    Government officials and civilians


Variations in coverage
Variations in Coverage

  • Difference in the information communicated

  • Difference in the sources selection


Constraints
Constraints

  • Time

  • Subjectivity



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