Date of Award
Master of Science
Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication
How does foreign news quality vary across different mediums in the United States? Using the Syrian crisis as a case study, this content analysis study found that while there are many similarities between print and television coverage of the event there were also key differences. When looking at quality differences in foreign news reporting between the two mediums, newspapers display more of the hallmarks of quality journalism. Newspapers were more likely to present hard news framed thematically. They also have a higher number of total sources and are more likely to use responsibility and conflict frames. Newspapers were also more likely to seek out sources other than the expected officials. These results add further evidence to the notion that newspapers, especially the elite publications, engage in more serious, fact-based reporting than television outlets when it comes to foreign news events.
Tara Pardue Lackey
Pardue Lackey, Tara, "Is quality all the same? A comparative study of print and television coverage of the Syrian conflict" (2015). Graduate Theses and Dissertations. 14964.