Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Identifier

2448

Date

2015

Date of Award

7-23-2015

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Major

Journalism

Committee Chair

Joseph Hayden

Committee Member

Matthew Haught

Committee Member

Thomas Hrach

Abstract

The following research study explores the theory of framing as applied to the examination of broadcast media coverage following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and leading up to the invasion of Afghanistan on October 7, 2001. This thesis provides an understanding of the role three American television networks, ABC, NBC, and CBS, played in informing their audiences of the history behind the U.S.-Afghanistan relationship. Evening news programs from each network were reviewed and coded starting on September 11, 2001, through October 7, 2001, to determine the different frames that were used. This data was compared with public opinion polls conducted by the Pew Research Center for People and the Press during the same timeframe to examine if whether or not any correlation between reporting and public opinion could be made.

Comments

Data is provided by the student.

Library Comment

dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.

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